The Secret To Swimming Faster? Do Exactly What
You Were Always Told Not To and Spread Your Fingers
It may be hard
to swallow for amateur swimmers, but keeping your fingers firmly
together to create an oar-style effect is not the best technique.
as it seems, keeping the fingers slightly apart like a fork apparently
makes a swimmer faster.
A study claims
that an invisible web of water is created by spread
fingers, allowing swimmers to propel themselves with more force
and that the technique is already used by the professionals.
a counter-intuitive idea, the fact that you should paddle with a
fork, not with an oar, said researcher Adrian Bejan, a professor
of mechanical engineering at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.
is that when a solid object moves through a fluid, the layer of
fluid that touches the surface sticks and gets dragged
along with the object.
spread their fingers just right, each individual digit forms its
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