Swimsuits And Sports: Why Swimsuits Have Limitations in Competitions?

Swimsuits are great when you have to go to the beach to surf, or swim, and even just for the sake of enjoyment. However, something that a lot of people have no idea about is the fact that there is a particular type of swimsuit that has been banned from competition and it’s been six years since that happened. Before we begin, for those who don’t know, the swimsuit is more than just fabric that is made to be worn when a person is swimming. Now you can even swim while wearing your shorts and a t-shirt. However, it won’t be as effective, and good of an experience as compared to wearing a swimsuit.

You should know that wearing a swimsuit creates a resistance against water, and a person can easily swim; most swimsuits are dual layered, and it means that even if one layer becomes transparent after being exposed to water, the other layer remains the same. Now swimsuits are available in a variety of different styles, as well as fabric, you can get a completely skin tight swimsuit or a loose one, it’s up to you. Similarly, you can get partially covering swimsuit as well as full body swimsuit, and if you are an athlete, you can even go for special swimsuits that are tailor made for athletes.

Now the pressing concern is this; which swimsuit got banned in competition and why? Let’s find out.

Full Body Swimsuit

Just by looking at it, a full body swimsuit doesn’t seem to have a lot of issues, right? Well, not so much. For those who are not aware, professional swimmers have to go through a lot to reduce the resistance against their body, as well as the drag that is produced in the water. They have to shave off their body hair to make sure that it doesn’t create any drag, and wear a specialized cap to reduce the drag on the head as well. However, wearing a full body swimsuit completely changes this situation by a drastic measure.

These swimsuits are made from a very thin material that feels a lot like foam, and when a player wears it, tiny gas pockets are created in the suit, now looking at it, you won’t be able to tell the difference. However, it’s an entirely different story when under water; these tiny gas pockets end up creating the whole suit buoyant. And in case you don’t know what buoyant is, it means that once the suit is buoyant, it can make the swimmer float on the water, which ultimately leads the swimmer to be less prone to facing any drag. And in addition to that, the swimsuit also pushes the water away from it completely and makes the suit hydrophobic. While it may seem that there is no issue in this, but the significant reduction in drag can give the players an unfair advantage.

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