The largest organ in the human body is the epidermis, that is to say human skin. It is a fascinating evolutionary strategy for such an elite carbon biped-based species. Your sense of touch works because there are sensors under the skin connected to your nervous system and to your neurons. Anytime something touches the skin, you immediately feel it. It’s something itches, or you feel pain, you know right away. The other day, I was reading some research papers on this, and some new studies which are helping biotech science figure it all out.
When your skin is too hot, or starts to burn, you immediately feel it. That pain on your body tells your brain that you need to do something quick. Itching is yet another sensation which is connected in a different sort of way, but nearly the same. If you become agitated when your skin is itching, it will elevate your heart rate and nervous system. What if you wanted to use this strategy to help increase your athletic performance during competition? What if you wanted to cause an itching sensation in order to improve your agility? Would that work? How can it not? Let me explain my theory here.
When you touch something hot your muscles quickly contract and you jump back. It’s almost an involuntary motion. This is because your skin, just under the surface is so well connected to the rest of your bio system. It is because of this, that I would suggest that those who participate in sports which require an abundance of agility, fast acting maneuvers, and rocket like reflexes, might try some sort of a powder which causes an itching cessation. How about for those who play Rugby?
Maybe runners might put it on their legs? The same with soccer players – maybe boxers might put inside of the gloves, itching powder that is. Unfortunately, after perusing through Google Scholar I found no real legitimate research papers to back up my theory Pro or Con. Nevertheless, it does stand to reason, and I must ask once again; how can it not work? The question would be to do experimentation and get empirical data from actual research of athletes and their performance to see just how much itching would provide optimal performance without frustrating the athlete or taking their mind off of the important tasks needed to play the sport.
If you are researcher involved in such things, I hope you will please consider all this and think on it. I think there’s more to this story, and we need to know the answer. It might be a simple way to boost performance by 5 to 10%?