Inventor Creates 'Corsuit' To Provide Swimming Strength & Stability
This past January performance body suits were banned from swimming competitions, leaving many competitors spineless... in a way.
Performance suits were hot among swimmers because they keep the swimmer's core - the spine and the sternum - straight, enabling them to use their arms and legs more efficiently. Mr. Sam James has just revealed a solution to the gap left by the performance suits: the Corsuit.
The confluence of his studies in industrial design and his favorite sport, competitive swimming, probably had something to do with his inclination and his ability to invent the Corsuit. Though the Corsuit is not meant to replace the performance suits, it does claim to help a swimmers teach themselves how to use the connecting muscles of the spine and sternum to keep them straight while they swim.
If you have paid attention to your swimming form at all, you probably know the wasted energy you spend when your body core rocks from side to side as you try to move forward. In competitive swimming, the moments spent getting 'out of line' cost matches.
Sam James, now in his final year at the Queensland University of Technology in Australia, will enter the James Dyson awards competition in 2011. In the meantime, I bet he'll improve his competitive chances using the Corsuit.