Why do swimmers slap each other before a race? Why are they wearing winter coats? Why are they wearing headphones? Here are the answers to common Olympic questions.
There are certain rituals that swimmers perform prior to their competitions at the Olympics that often cause some to wonder. “Why are they doing this?”
Listeners. Winter coats. Two swim caps. By hitting his chest. Here is an explanation of why swimmers do what they are doing before they even enter the pool.
Why do swimmers wear heavy coats before a race?
It’s the same reason that you warm up before a workout. Cold muscles are bad when you’re about to do something athletic. Coats keep an athlete warm and their muscles sagging, writes Temarie Tomley at Swimmer’s World.
Why do swimmers put the mask strap under their caps?
This is mainly to make sure their glasses don’t slip or fall, causing them to fill with water, according to Tomley. It can spell the end of a swimmer’s chance to win.
Why do swimmers wear two swim caps?
There are two reasons for this. One is to keep the glasses secure. The other is that the caps are usually made of two different materials. The bottom cap adheres better to the head, but can wrinkle. The top cap is smoother, eliminating those wrinkles.
Why do swimmers slap each other before a race?
This is primarily to aid the warm-up process, Tomley writes. It can help increase blood flow.
Why do swimmers splash water before a race?
There are several reasons for this, writes Tomley, and it depends on the swimmer. Some might do this to lessen the shock of diving in the pool water. Some may try to use water to make sure their swimsuits fit snugly to their skin. And for some, it may just be part of their pre-race routine.
Why do some swimmers have big circular bruises?
This is called cupping therapy, which involves applying glass or plastic cups to the area of discomfort and applying heat or suction to create a vacuum. The suction pulls the skin away from the muscle and draws oxygenated blood to the area.
The idea is that it helps relax muscles and aid in recovery, although not everyone in the medical community is convinced. But Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, used it.
Why do swimmers wear headphones before a race?
This is usually a part of a swimmer’s pre-race routine to keep them focused. Some may choose to listen to music. Others might try to muffle the noise from the pool. Since fans are now banned from Tokyo Olympic venues due to COVID-19, COVID-19 will not be an issue this year.