The long and the short of sports success – It’s all in the hands

Take a minute to look at your hands and pay special attention to the difference in length between your index finger and ring finger. This is your digit ratio.

A new study by the University of South Australia’s Dr Grant Tomkinson and his son Jordan Tomkinson, has found adolescent boys with lower digit ratios, are better at
sports.

That is, the closer in length one’s index and ring finger are, the better one may be on the sporting field, as there is a possible link to muscular strength.

Dr Tomkinson explained the ring finger in males is typically longer than the index finger, whereas the fingers are about the same length in females.

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