Proxemics

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.

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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.

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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

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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:

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About oldhwysixwest

I'm currently pursuing a PhD in accounting at LSU. I also write fiction when I can (usually 4 am).
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One 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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