Why Olympic divers take showers -- and use those tiny towels -- between dives

Viewers of the Tokyo Olympics are apparently a little baffled by the behavior of athletes in the diving events.

Divers typically emerge from the water after a plunge and immediately take a quick shower by the side of the pooleven though they are already wet. Then they dry themselves off with little towelseven though they will get wet again on their next dive.
Why do divers shower after each dive?” has been one of the top Google searches about the Olympics in the past week.
    Quindi sì, perché? Come il platform diving events continue this week, we spoke to Jacob Brehmer, diving coach for Ball State University in Indiana, for some answers.

      Why divers shower

        According to Brehmer, the answer comes down to one thing.
        Divers shower in between dives typically just to keep themselves and their muscles warm,” lui dice. They usually rinse off in water that’s warmer than the pool.
          Indoor diving pools like the one at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre must maintain water temperatures of at least 26 gradi centigradi (78.8 gradi Fahrenheit), secondo FINA, the governing body thats sets rules for international water sports competitions.
          Usually after a diver does a dive, they will have to wait a good amount of time before their next dive,” Brehmer says. “Il … air temperature on the pool deck may be a little chilly, so the shower can help keep muscles warm. Diving is such a precise and fast-twitch sport, if the diver gets a little cold and tight, it could really affect their performance.
          Ingrid Oliveira of Brazil takes a shower after competing in women's diving 10-meter platform preliminary at the Tokyo Olympics on August 4.

          Why they use tiny towels

          Staying warm is also one of the reasons swimmers and divers use tiny towels called chamoispronouncedshammy” — at major events.
          The towels are portable and extremely water absorbent, allowing the divers to dry off quickly and stay warm, Brehmer says.
          Remaining dry also means saferand more competitivedives.
          When the divers are flipping through the air, they are grabbing onto their legs and squeezing very tight,” lui dice. “If their legs are wet, then there’s a good possibility thattheir hands will slip off their legs and they will come out of the dive earlywhich could result in injury and almost always lower scores.
          Cina's Quan Hongchan competes in the women's 10m platform diving final during the Tokyo Olympic Games on August 5.

          Why they tape their bodies

          Olympic divers perform mind-blowing acrobatics into deep pools at high velocity, and keeping their muscles healthy is a crucial part of their success.
          Any stress in muscle movement can lead to drastic results. That’s another reason some divers wear tape on their knees, back or shoulders.
          It’s similar to the tape worn by beach volleyball players, tennis players and other athletes.
            Basically it just provides a little extra support and can relieve pain in muscles, joints and ligaments,” Brehmer says.
            In a highly competitive sport where the tiniest edge may mean the difference between a medal and finishing sixth, many athletes are leaving nothing to chance.

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