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Why Do Swimmers Shave Their Armpits

A study conducted by the american college of sports medicine compared freshly shaven swimmers with a control group in the pool.

Why do swimmers shave their armpits. Studies show that removal of body hair has a direct impact on performance a substantial one at that. Many professional athletes shave off almost all their body hair olympic swimmers body builders some runners etc and do so for different reasons. There actually is good reason for it. Other reasons are practical or have to do with pure aesthetics.

Its odorless until it conspires with bacteria to produce the dreaded bo. Sweat mingles with bacteria on your skin to cause odor. Some of the reasons are hygienic. Both won gold medals.

The practice of shaving became popular back in the 1950s when two male swimmers showed up for the olympics after shaving their bodies not just their armpits. This is only partially true. While removal of hairs is definitely helpful in making ones body more aerodynamic in the water the real purpose of shaving is to remove the thin layer of dead skin cells that coat the outer layer of the epidermis. One of the benefits of shaving your armpits is that you rid it of hair that provides a base for your apocrine glands.

They shaved because they believed it reduced drag. Thats what happens in the armpits when the apocrine glands release their milky substance. The arms cover a large surface area of the body and are therefore an important area to shave as it will help to lower drag and increase the swimmers feel for the water. However a popular myth that needs to be dispelled is that swimmers shave to rid their body of excess hairs.

Since then many studies have been conducted including one by nasa. Some of the most manly men in our society shave their armpits for different reasons.