To a non-swimmer, swim caps can seem uncomfortable, strange-looking, and like an unnecessary hassle. However, professional swimmers can tell you that swim caps offer a wide array of benefits to all types of swimmers. So, It’s not hard to see why swimmers are always wearing their caps proudly. Caps serve many functions that all swimmers can benefit from.
Caps serve many purposes. To put it simply – wearing a cap leads to faster, easier swimming. The less hair catching water on the body the quicker the swimmer will move. Competitive swimmers wear swim caps for the same reason they shave their bodies; it’s more hydrodynamic. When a swimmer is moving through the water, the first part of their body to cut through the wave is their head. Caps help to compress the head, hair, and ears to make the swimmer more efficient. The tight fit and a smooth surface of a swim cap lead to reduced drag and, with a swim cap on, the water has less interaction with the head causing the swimmer to move faster. This is beneficial to both competitive swimmers and leisure swimmers because the swimmer will be able to move faster and further with less effort.
Caps also help the technique of the long-haired swimmer. When turning the head to take a breath, hair can become a nuisance and interfere with the swimmer’s breathing ability. Because wet hair is so heavy, the breath can be stunted and less efficient due to the added weight. A swim cap reduces the weight of the hair while keeping it out of the face and mouth, leading to a more efficient stroke. This is especially helpful to beginning swimmers because it helps them to breathe properly. Swim caps additionally give the goggles a smooth surface to stick to. Goggles are more likely to stay put during a race if they are given a seamless and sticky surface to adhere to. Some competitive swimmers also put their goggles underneath their swim caps to ensure they will not fall off during races.
Swim caps can also help you to keep the earplugs in your ears. If you have ear problems, you may find yourself having to wear earplugs. It can be a really frustrating experience since the earplugs can fall out and the water will get into your ear. With the use of a swim cap, you can prevent earplugs from falling out.
|Take away tip
Always use a swim cap when lap swimming to get rid of distracting hair, prevent your goggles from falling off, keep your earplugs in, and to improve stroke technique.
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