Tag: chafing

Open Water Swimmer Injuries

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Open water swimmers face unique forms of injuries that other endurance athletes do not. There is everything from occasional shark wounds (Mike Spalding and Charlotte Bryne) to lengthy hospital stays due to jellyfish stings (Chloë McCardel and Kim Chambers). But the more likely injury are related to

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Skin Protection From Chafing To Coconuts

Skin Protection From Chafing To Coconuts Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Chafing is a common ailment and complaint among open water swimmers and triathletes. There are three fundamental types of chafing: 1. Skin-on-skin chafing: improper stroke mechanics can cause chafing as can a crossover kick or breathing. 2. Fabric-on-skin chafing:

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Lanolin? What Is This?

A true conversation at a security checkpoint in an American airport: Uniformed TSA (Transportation Security Administration) Personnel: "What is this stuff?" Swimmer: "Lanolin." Uniformed TSA Personnel: "Where did it come from?" Swimmer: "Sheep." Uniformed TSA Personnel (with a furrowed brow): ----- Swimmer: "Seriously, lanolin comes from the glands of

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Open Water Swimming With A Beard

Chafing is nearly always an issue for open water swimmers. Skin-on-skin, fabric-on-skin and hair-on-skin all cause chafing. But there is a special situation that requires a unique approach: beard-on-skin. And there are few who are experts in this niche area like Rob Dumouchel. "I may have taken swim bearding to a bit of an extreme, but my adventure beard

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