The reason why NBA players should stop having tattoos

If you’re watching an NBA game today, chances are you are watching someone with a tattoo. One study has found that about 56 percent of NBA players are tattooed. That’s a lot of ink in the NBA but does it really matter? Well, NBA rules are not against a player having tattoos as long as they do not promote any brand that is not associated with the NBA. New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball learned this the hard way when he tattooed his family’s Big Baller Brand logo on his right arm.
We’ve seen many players come into the NBA without tattoos but as soon as they become more popular, they start to cover their bodies in ink. While this may seem cool, it has raised serious concerns among some researchers who want to find out if tattoos affect our favorite players. And in this video, you are going to see the reason why NBA players should stop having tattoos.
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In 2017, a researcher Dr. Ingo Frobose, of the German Sport University in Cologne claimed that tattoos are poisonous and athletes should not be allowed to have them. According to him, the performance of athletes with tattoos on their bodies reduces as the ink passes into their bloodstreams. He further said, “I would forbid athletes from being tattooed. Clubs take every little aspect of their players’ health seriously, yet they don’t care about this behavior at all. It would do clubs good if they paid more attention to their responsibilities and the efficiency of their players.”
Dr. Ingo Frobose might have a point here but his claims are hard to believe. Some of the greatest basketball players of all time have tattoos on their bodies. Take LeBron James for example. He has more than 40 different tattoos on his body and he is very fond of getting a new one every year. What of J. R. Smith? J. R. Smith won 2 NBA Championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers – both times as a teammate of LeBron James and he once said he has lost the count of how many tattoos he has. Looking at other players with tattoos like Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Paul George, and many others, it’s hard to admit that tattoos are making our favorite players get worse.
Dr. Ingo Frobose also said, “Various studies have shown that players suffer a 3 to 5 percent drop in performance level after having a tattoo done. The skin is the largest organ that we possess – yet we poison it.”
Despite these warnings, NBA still allows players to have several tattoos on their bodies as long as it doesn’t violate their rules. Could it be that the NBA and its franchises do not care about the performance of their players? Maybe not but a 3 to 5 percent drop in performance is very significant in a competitive sport like basketball.
Another American researcher Dr. Maurice Luetkemeier from Alma College also did a similar study on the effect of tattoos on the performance of athletes in a research publication entitled “Tattoos Cause You to Sweat Less.” This was the first known study on the relationship between tattoos and sweating. Since the tattooing process involves depositing ink under the skin at a similar depth as the sweat glands, he wanted to know if it would interfere with the basic functioning of the sweat gland.
To answer this question, Dr. Maurice Luetkemeier conducted a study with subjects who had tattoos on one side of their upper body but not one the other. Next, he applied a sweat-stimulating chemical to the part of the body covered with tattoos as well as the other side without tattoos. After the study, he found out that part of the skin covered with tattoos produced less sweat than the part without tattoos.
To know how this could affect the performance of a basketball player, you have to understand why our skin produces sweat in the first place. When we do an intensely physical activity, our body temperature rises, and to compensate for this, the sweat glands produce sweat to cool off the body and lower the body temperature. However, when a person cannot produce sweat, the body would overheat and collapse.
According to the result from Dr. Maurice Luetkemeier’s study, the tattooed areas of the skin produce 50 percent less sweat than the “bald” places. In addition, the sodium concentration in the tattooed area is altered as it produces much saltier sweat. Although Dr. Maurice Luetkemeier’s study seems very important, it is limited by the fact that only 10 people participated in it. How could he conduct a study on 10 people and assume that the result will be the same thing for everyone?
Maybe that’s why the NBA is not taking these studies seriously. Tattoo artists also deny the claims by researchers that tattoos affect the performance of athletes. Although most tattoo artists admit that players shouldn’t be allowed to play immediately after getting a tattoo.

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