Inspect YOUR DIGITS: Finger Length Could Predict Athletic Ability

September 10, 2017

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Researchers examined fingers, comparing the index finger (the finger you use to point with – technically the second digit, or 2D, counting the thumb), and the ring finger (the fourth digit, or 4D).

The relative length of the index and ring fingers is known as the digit ratio or the 2D:4D. For example, if your index finger is 2.9 inches (or 7.4 cm) long, and your ring finger is 3.1 inches (or 7.9 cm) long, your digit ratio is 0.935 (i.e., 2.9/3.1 or 7.4/7.9).

In general, those with lower digit ratios – that is, those whose ring fingers are relatively longer than their pointers – are more likely to perform better across a very wide range of sports and athletic events. This was first illustrated in a detailed study of English professional football (soccer) players.

Although considerable variability exists across different activities, research has shown that people with low digit ratios tend to be better at American football (gridiron), basketball, fencing, handball, kabaddi (an Indian contact sport), rowing, rugby, running (both sprinting and cross-country), slalom skiing, sumo wrestling, surfing, swimming, tennis and volleyball.

While the relationship between digit ratio and sports performance is generally stronger in males than in females, important relationships have been seen in females. For example, a 2015 showed that females with lower ratios rowed substantially faster at the Australian Rowing Championships than females with higher ratios. (LiveScience)

CONCLUSION:  Sporting success is in your hands.