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THE DARKER SIDE OF SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING
Was just looking into upcoming Olympic sports and came across this article. Apparently getting concussions is super common with sync swimming. Makes sense, just never equated the two. And never thought about choreographed swimming as being a dangerous activity.
The managing director for sports medicine for the USOC, Bill Moreau, estimates "that about 50% of synchronized swimmers he has supervised over his career has sustained a concussion." And others estimate it's even higher than that.
The Chief exec of USA Synchro told the New York Times that her experience "100 percent of my athletes will get a concussion at some point."
50-100% of the time? It's only going to get worse, as the Olympics are amending the rules to give more points for routines that have teammates closer together. Looks more impressive that way, but also makes it much more likely to get banged up underwater.
Thought this was interesting. Wonder if the NFL's CTE issue will effect this event at some point in the future?