Veins

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  1. Mighty Matteo

    Mighty Matteo Semi-Pro

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    Why is it common for runners to get veins in their legs but it happens much less with tennis players? It isn't really a matter of body fat, since runners at higher body fat percentages have veins in their legs, while tennis players with lower body fat percentages, like Djokovic, do not. Vascularity is usually determined by low body fat, muscle pushing the veins to the skin and genetics. Since there is no such thing as spot fat removal, why do runners have more vascular legs?
     
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  2. charliefedererer

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    Are you absolutely sure runners have more varicose veins than tennis players?


    Do you think there are more skinny runners than tennis players? (Hence easier to see their varicose veins?)
     
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  3. Mighty Matteo

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    I commonly see runners with veins in their legs, but i rarely see tennis players with the same thing.
    While the second statement might be true, here is an example. I have friends who are twin brothers. One is a runner and he has veins in his legs. The other is a tennis player who does not. The tennis player has a slightly lower body fat percentage and is also slightly more muscular,but still his legs do not have veins. Why would this be?
     
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  4. KineticChain

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    This has a lot more to do with lighting conditions and the quality of your T.V. If you see these guys up close in person, their veinyness is quite apparent. Also I'm sure, on average, professional long distance runners have lower body fat than professional tennis players
     
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  5. ollinger

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    Keep in mind that runners are not using muscles above the waist to any significant degree, whereas more of the circulation of a tennis player is shunted to arms and shoulders, leaving less blood flow to cause the leg veins to bulge.
     
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  6. LuckyR

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    A couple of things: you mean "visible veins". Everyone has a similar amount of veins, most are not visible superficially. The visible ones become that way because they are either extremely superficial, the person has very low fat above their muscles or the veins are abnormally large (varicosities).

    Runners are known for having trouble with the latter due to the pounding of long distances since that increased back pressure causes the enlargement. The other two are genetic and body fat content related.
     
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