Swim season is over and my number one son  signed up for track. They traveled to Memphis for a meet and he remarked at how different the team dynamics were.


Who am I kidding? Swimmers are mostly naked most of the time.

Apparently running around half naked most of the time makes swimmers more “touchy-feely.”  Not so much the track team.

I noticed the same thing with high school wrestling in the 90s. Those kids sat next to each other and gave each other back rubs when warming up.


Wrestling takes up close and personal to a whole new level.  It’s one of my favorite sports, though, because it requires strength, agility, flexibilty, and quickness of mind and body

Being the nerd that I am, I checked Google Scholar and only found 1 academic article on proxemics and sports, which was a comparison of dancers and martial arts fighters.

Proxemics is the study of interpersonal space and how it affects behavior, communication and social interaction


The Police said to “Back Away!”

Before this month, I knew that cave diving and crowded parade routes gave me the heebie-jeebies. But they don’t compare to how I felt getting an MRI.

The comedian Jerry Clower describes it accurately and with less profanity than I ever could:

About Laura Alford, PhD

I'm a recent graduate of LSU (PhD in Accounting). In addition to academic research, I also write fiction on Tuesday nights with the Asilomar Writers.
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1 Response to Proxemics

  1. swanstromm says:

    You are way more funny than Jerry Clower, and I don’t mind the profanity

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