SPORTLAB MILANO, FollowYourPassion partner for PeschieraTri, Monza12h Cycling Marathon and Milano21, presents us with a problem that often plagues triathletes and cyclists: rubbing.

Practicing a sport or generally doing physical activity in any form is for many a necessity and often a nice habit, but-especially with warmer temperatures-it can come with some inconveniences, such as annoying itchiness and irritation resulting from rubbing the skin with leather or with the sportswear we wear. 

What is chafing and what it involves

Chafing occurs due to repeated contact between body parts during physical activity. The sweat generated by exertion and high temperatures, as well as the water (e.g., from the sea in water sports) with which one comes into contact very often risk worsening the situation and can impair athletic performance.

The consequences of this repeated rubbing of the skin with other skin or with the technical fabric of a jersey or shorts can be of different kinds, from redness and itching to irritation of varying intensity that can cause blisters, blisters or even skin abrasions. 

Which areas of the body and which sports are affected

Contrary to popular belief, this troublesome condition can affect not only the inner thigh, but also the feet, hands, nipples, belly, and many other areas of the body. We can say that all sports can, under certain circumstances recounted earlier, create chafing problems.

Much felt by cyclists is the problem of rubbing in the groin area and inner thigh. Sometimes, even with proper precautions, such as proper technical clothing and wearing appropriate protection such as a pad, prolonged friction along with sweat can cause chafing.

Especially in the summer and over medium to long distances, runners can experience chafing problems in different areas of the body, such as the inner thigh or the nipples, where sweat and contact with jersey fabric often have disastrous consequences.

Of course, the same inconveniences mentioned above can indiscriminately affect water sports such as swimming and triathlon and many others. 

How to prevent problems from rubbing

In order not to risk ruining a good outdoor experience, training session, or worse, a competition, it is important to be sure to prevent chafing problems as much as possible. Certainly having quality, technical clothing specific to the sport you play is essential, but it is often not enough. SPORTLAB MILANO‘s team of researchers has created SLIDER, its first anti-chafing cream for all sports. 

SLIDER was born from the expertise of our experts combined with the advice of athletes from different disciplines who tested the product under different stress and climate conditions until they arrived at the final formula. The function of SLIDER is to protect areas of the body subject to friction by creating, thanks to the innovative non-Panthenol and Vitamin E formula, a barrier that reduces friction while preventing skin irritation and infection. Panthenol promotes the skin’s barrier function, helps relieve redness and itching, and promotes skin cell turnover. Vitamin E has moisturizing, emollient and elasticizing properties.

So make sure you always have SLIDER on hand to fully enjoy your favorite sport! 

Two single-dose SLIDERs will be provided in the race packet to PeschieraTri registrants.


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