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Do you have swimmer's nose?

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Photo: flickr/Farhad shApparently, serious swimming can have drawbacks, including deforming your nose. This report indicates that tight-fitting goggles, worn over years, can slowly reshape the bones and cartilage in your nose, leaving a permanent bump. Are you listening, Michael Phelps?Swimmer's nose deformity. "This is the first published report of the swimmer's nose deformity. This common athletic deformity has a characteristic, asymmetric dorsolateral nasal hump that progressively develops over years during a competitive swimming career and persists after cessation of the sport. The cause is thought to be bone and soft tissue remodeling in response to repetitive trauma chronically inflicted by a swimmer's goggles during the water reentry phase of breathing."

NCBI ROFL: Apparently, swimming with your clothes on is hard. NCBI ROFL: Speedos: not just for streamlining your junk. NCBI ROFL: Predicting the buoyancy, equilibrium and potential swimming ability of giraffes by computational analysis.

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