- Mar 10, 2004
rooman said:I stand by it....
masseurs I see are happy to work on anyone, cyclists, footballers, athletes, strippers ...for them they say hair doesnt come into the equation other than it feels good if shaven and is a bit smoother for the first few massages, if you are hairy , you get use to it.....no THE REAL REASON is medical , acknowledged widely and established, ....and I quote from Washington University ....." surgeons are always concerned about a patient developing an infection after procedure. To reduce the risk of infection, surgeons shave the hair from (the procedure site) of patients. Surgeons know that bacteria may be transferred from the hair to an incision site."....this is the rationale followed by cyclists...reduce infection...shave.....
if you want to avoid infection and not shave then follow this proceedure...."wash all body hair with a 4% chlorhexidine shampoo 24 hours before injury and again immediately before injury, then take a full course of antibiotics after injury". so if you can plan your injury and know exactly when it is going to happen, by all means leave your hair where it is!
The surgical profession has shaved the surgical site, with the aim of reducing infection and wound complication rates, for over a century. Unfortunately, as with many aspects of medicine, this was done without any scientific basis. Many branches of surgery have not yet carried out any study of the benefits of surgical site shaving. Those that have (mainly neurosurgeons, facial surgeons and urologists) have found no benefit achieved through shaving in their various very small studies. Many reviewers feel that larger, more powerful studies would show an adverse effect of shaving, as it disrupts the skin barrier and brings bacteria and fungi from hair follicles and glands to the surface.
Please keep this debate within justifiable realms; there is no medical basis for the shaving of cyclists' limbs.