Effects of High Tech Swim Suits on Time Improvement
Ellis, Paul M.
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In 2008, the introduction of high tech swim suits increased body compression and dramatically reduced drag through the water. Along with the use of polyurethane, which increases buoyancy, the tech-suits resulted in dramatic time improvements in athletes. Therefore, I analyzed time improvements of NCAA Division I, II and III athletes performance taking into account the suit worn, weight, suit coverage and Body Mass Index (BMI). I found that suit coverage greatly affects time improvement and that the high tech suits indicate a potential positive correlation between time improvement and increasing BMI.