Sunderland’s Innovative Olympic Rowing Suit Helps Protect Against Bacteria: CNN

PhilaU textile engineer Mark Sunderland developed innovative rowing apparel for the Rio Olympics that is seamless, lightweight, form-fitting and has an antimicrobial finish that will help protect athletes from bacteria in the water, CNN reported June 28.

“The new unisuit and other apparel are finished with a general antimicrobial to control exposure to most bacteria that rowers may come in contact with in the water,” Sunderland told CNN. He added, however, “A rower could still be exposed to bacteria through parts of their bodies not covered by the rowing apparel.”

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