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Athletic is an adjective relating to athletes or athletics. Athletes
are typically fit and active. Athletic swimwear can be for racing
or other water activities such as water polo, synchronized swimming, diving,
and a wide variety of other water sports.
For practical athletic swimwear we suggest you look into the one piece.
However a properly fitting two piece women's swimsuit can also be appropriate
for athletics. Athletic swimsuits can include easy-on pullover racerback
style bikinis and tankinis and more. With some one piece athletic bikinis,
you'll enjoy complete coverage and support with flattering lines.
Swimwear is clothing designed to be worn by people engaging
in a water-based activity or water sports, such as swimming, diving and
surfing, or sun-orientated activities, such as sun bathing.
Competitive swimwear generally refers to the swimsuit,
clothing, equipment and accessories used in the aquatic sports of swimming,
diving, synchronized swimming, triathlon and water polo.
Some swimsuits are designed specifically for swimming competitions where
they may be constructed of a special low resistance fabric that reduces
skin drag. For some kinds of swimming and diving, special bodysuits called
"diveskins" are worn. These suits are made from spandex and provide little
thermal protection, but they do protect the skin from stings and abrasion.
Most competitive swimmers also wear special swimsuits including partial
bodysuits, racerback styles, jammers and racing briefs to assist their glide
through the water thus gaining a speed advantage.
Unlike regular swimsuits, which are designed mainly for the aesthetic
appearances, swimsuits designed to be worn during competitions are manufactured
to assist the athlete in swim competitions. They reduce friction and drag
in the water, increasing the efficiency of the swimmer's forward motion.
The tight fits allow for easy movement and are said to reduce muscle vibration,
thus reducing drag. This also reduces the possibility that a high forwards
dive will remove a divers swimwear. Starting around 2000, in an effort to
improve the effectiveness of the swimsuits, engineers have taken to designing
them to replicate the skin of sea based animals, sharks in particular.
Some swimmers use a specialized training suit called drag suits to artificially
increase drag during practice. Drag suits are swimwear with an outer layer
of looser fabric – often mesh or nylon – to increase resistance against
the water and build up the swimmer's endurance. They come in a variety of
styles, but most resemble a looser fitting square-cut or swim brief.
Some of the important sport swimsuit brands include Speedo, Nike, adidas,
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