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.
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.
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
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: