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Effects of skin-on-skin chafing
Effects of transponder-on-skin chafing

noun - Chafing is irritation or lacerations due to repeated rubbing of skin against skin, hair, body parts, swimsuits or other items due to the swimming technique, waves, and is especially apparent around swim suit straps, armpits, shoulders, upper thighs, neck and chin.

Types of Chafing

There are fundamentally 4 types of chafing:

1. Skin-on-skin chafing: improper stroke mechanics can cause chafing as can a cross-over kick or breathing.
2. Fabric-on-skin chafing: a swimsuit, goggles, swim cap, protective suit or wetsuit can cause some mean chafing.
3. Hair-on-skin chafing: facial and body hair can cause chafing.
4. Transponder-on-skin chafing: Velcro or band of transponder can cause chafing around ankle or wrist


The swimmer always used Vaseline to prevent chafing under his arms.


1275–1325; ME chaufen to heat, rub, chafe.


Swimmers and triathletes use a wide variety of anti-chafing agents and skin lubricants, such as Vaseline or petroleum jelly, to reduce or eliminate the effects of skin rubbing against skin, hair, body parts, swimsuits or other items.

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