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<p>When I was going to school shortly before the War Between the States from junior high through high school we had one hour of Physical Ed  each day which required getting undressed, changing into our school gym clothes and then taking a shower immediately following PE.  And coaches did watch to make sure students went to the showers.  In 9th grade we had six weeks of health education which included hygiene and discussions about STD's (boys and girls were separated for those discussions).  Which is interesting in that we had sex education to some extent with no parental complaints until probably the 1980's.  Fast forward to today and a lot of school kids simply don't shower after PE.  One of the ladies working in my office who is about 25 says she never took showers after PE.   They sometimes had PE in just their street clothes or even if they did change into gym clothes changed right back into street clothes with few people taking showers.  I can only imagine what afternoon classes smelled like.</p>
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<p>My grandnephew never takes a shower after working out and he is now 18.  Too shy to be seen naked even in an individual shower let alone if he had to take a shower in the "communal" showers we used to  have.  And he has indeed over the last couple of years had a  staph infection or two which I'm willing to bet are more a function of hygiene than anything else.   I seriously doubt he or very many of his classmates have ever used a shower after PE.</p>
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<p>A local high school football team just a couple of weeks ago (let alone the University of Tenn football team) came down with several players having staph infections.   A lack of proper hygiene is strongly suspected.  And these are probably just the publicized ones.</p>
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<p>And even when I go to the gym there is a marked difference by age groups as to who is willing to take a shower after workouts and who is not.  Somewhere along the way society (at least in the U.S) has associated the naked body taking a shower even in a private stall as something sexual or just evil, not sure which.</p>
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<p>Not sure where this has come about but if we are to get a grip on staph infections as well as superbug infections hygiene and washing of hands several times a day, especially after using the restroom is important.</p>
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<p><a href="http://blogs.ajc.com/momania/2010/09/13/is-it-that-hard-to-teach-boys-to-bathe/" target="_blank">http://blogs.ajc.com/momania/2010/09/13/is-it-that-hard-to-teach-boys-to-bathe/</a></p>
 

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<p>we had to shower after phys ed and sports games in school ... I hated it and chose individual stalls whenever possible ...</p>
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<p>I rarely shower at my Y after a workout since I live 5 minutes away and would rather shower at home  ...</p>
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<p>worries over lawsuits is probably behind the lack of pressure to shower at schools now  ... worries over lawsuits has messed up a lot of things in America (the world?)  *sigh*</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>GaReb770</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/70106/have-parents-and-schools-forgotten-to-teach-hygiene-to-children#post_1944958"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>When I was going to school shortly before the War Between the States</p>
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Was that before or after The War of Northern Aggression?</p>
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<p>Kinda funny to think that lots of young people essentially show themselves, leaving virtually nothing to the imagination, to millions on Facebook, but are terrified to be in a locker room draped in a towel.</p>
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<p>...probably the towel company would get sued for something.</p>
 

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<p>I don't think schools build in anytime for students to shower now.</p>
 

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<p>I hated showering after gym class in jr high.  Not sure who thought up gang showers, but so not cool for teenage years!  Plus, showering meant getting to my next class late, which meant detention.  I didn't have to take gym in high school.</p>
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<p>Son1 works out at the gym with me.  Rarely will he shower there.  The old guys in the locker room creep him out.  He showers when we get home.</p>
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<p>We never showered. Would've been mortified in middle school and i dont know that the locker room in high school even had showers. Hell I got made fun of just for using the damn urinal in there. Most of us came armed with a change of clothes and deodorant at least, as you were also made fun of for being stinky. It's hard to win in middle school.</p>
 

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<p>It's Stephen King and Brian de Palma's fault</p>
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<p><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.kickrunners.com/content/type/61/id/57097/width/1000/height/800/flags/" target="_blank"><img alt="carrie-shower.jpg" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="13981" data-type="61" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/content/type/61/id/13981/width/260/height/194" style="; width: 260px; height: 194px"></a></p>
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<p>For me, technically everyone was supposed to shower after P.E., but that was a time when your "coolness" factor was, ahem, exposed.</p>
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Those who were in the "cool" crowd just shouted their numbers from their lockers while dressing and got marked off on the clipboard by the student assistant as having done the deed.  Those who weren't "cool" had to do the quick dash into the icy cold waters and give their numbers on the way out.</p>
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<p>In other hygiene-related matters, I remember watching one of those old-style sex-ed films (the ones your parents had to sign a permission slip form for you to attend) - didn't remember anything really sex-ed related, but there was sure a lot of hygiene related stuff in this film, and it wasn't restricted to the privates.  Probably that film is the reason to this date that I'll specifically dry the space out between my toes after every shower.</p>
 

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<p>School showers still bring back truly horrific memories, but even worse are the retained visuals  I have of naked elderly women at the gym. I check myself daily to see if any of THAT has begun to manifest itself.</p>
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<p>All kidding aside, people have gotten to be disgusting, period. We really have not evolved all that much.</p>
 

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<p>it's funny how adult locker rooms are always the complete opposite, where you're apt to encounter at least one person who seems to want to go out of their way to prance around in the buff, strike up a conversation with you, and stand as close as possible.                   </p>
 

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<p>We never showered unless we swam. It is impossible to shower and change in the 5 minutes you were given to change and in Jr high the showers were there but didnt even work.</p>
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<p>Now I rarely shower after the gym...I just shower the next morning.</p>
 

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<p>I always go straight home from the gym after running the treadmills or working out in my gym clothes.  As soon as I walk in the door off  come the gym clothes and into the shower I go even though it's just a very quick 5 minute run the soap over me and water on my head and towel off before changing into some comfortable clothes.  But I never let the sweat from the gym stay on too long.  That's just one of those health things we were taught in gym class and I guess it's just stuck with me all these years.</p>
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<p>I just can't imagine going to bed and not being clean.  Thus it's not unusual I end up with two to three showers a day, depending on whether I do a workout between getting up and going to bed.   Don't want the dog and cat sleeping with a stinky owner. <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/blush.gif" style="width:18px;height:18px;" title=""></p>
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<p>And although I'm not a germaphobe nor am I paranoid I do wipe down machines in the gym  before I use them as well as after I use them, including the treadmills. </p>
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<p><a href="http://www.getridofthings.com/get-rid-of-a-staph-infection.htm" target="_blank">http://www.getridofthings.com/get-rid-of-a-staph-infection.htm</a></p>
 

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<p>  We started having separate gym classes, complete with mandatory showers, starting in fifth grade. Before that we had recess. Gym was mandatory through 10th grade, and highly recommended after that. The teachers simply made sure to include enough time at the end of the period for showers.</p>
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<p>  I understood at the time that girls were allowed to "sponge bathe" during their periods, but this is the only general exemption to the "everybody showers" rule that I remember. All others were on a case-by-case basis.</p>
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<p>  In all those years, I only remember one time someone was given any grief ("what do you expect to do with that?"), and the guy to whom the comment was directed proceeded to "give as good as he got" in terms of insults.</p>
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<p>  I've also never understood the reluctance to shower at e.g. the 'Y'. At our 'Y' anyone under 16 uses a separate locker room anyway so we don't have the 'creepy' age issue. And even within the adult locker rooms, the only time you're absolutely the least physically attractive body present is when you're alone. The main reason I showered at home was when I worked out late enough that I brushed up against closing time and didn't have enough time to shower on-site.</p>
 

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<p>We showered after gym class everyday in middle school. Most took advantage, but some did not.</p>
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<p>I can also remember the jockstrap inspection. You had to grab one of the leg straps and hold it out so the teacher could verify you had it on.</p>
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<p>Shit, I still remember Mr. N (one of the PE teachers) You messed up, you got one of his infamous coot knocks.</p>
<p>Basically a two knuckle rap to the head. More embarrassing than painful</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>torque</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/70106/have-parents-and-schools-forgotten-to-teach-hygiene-to-children#post_1945080"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I don't think schools build in anytime for students to shower now.</p>
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<p>My grade school didn't have showers. We changed from our regular uniform into our gym uniform and then back.</p>
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<p>In high school it was the same, although we just didn't have time to shower (there were only a couple individual showers anyway, not a giant communal one.) And we just didn't have time. Luckily we never did anything where we actually worked hard enough to work up a sweat. It was a waste of a class.</p>
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<p>In college when I went to the fitness center (to work out, not for PE class) I ran to and from, and so didn't want to carry a bag of clothes with me. I just showered when I got back to my dorm. </p>
 

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<p>no showering for us. ever. not even when I played sports in school! LOL.</p>
 

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<p>My son's middle school has showers but he says they are given barely 5 minutes to get dressed after PE to get ready for class. </p>
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<p>I remember changing out in JR High aka Middle school but I don't remember if I showered or not.  I am about 90% sure I showered in gym in HS and I know I did after cross country and track practices.</p>
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