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High divrers in Olympics go into the small pool after their

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High divrers in Olympics go into the small pool after their dives. Why?
Divers enter a smaller pool after their diving so they do not get cold and stiff. This is the equivalent of runners running, jogging and doing gun start practices before and after their events. They need to keep muscles and connective tissues at a certain temperature range(warm temperature) to perform optimally but also to avoid injury.

Olympic diving requires a lot of coordination as well as muscular performance and neuromuscular coordination. They are doing their twists and spins under very hard muscular contraction. Since muscles perform better when warm and flexible, the point of the pool is to allow them to stay warm(because water carries A LOT of heat energy) and they would be able to stay loose and limber. If they were to get out of the warm water and step into the cooler air, just like sweating on a windy day, they would cool down way too fast. They will sometimes use hot showers as well.

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