BANGKOK POST – Science lifts lid: lengths of a player’s fingers & his football ability!

June 26, 2010

Finger football: finger length relates to football ability!

[tweetmeme source=”handresearch” only_single=false] Football has a pedigree dating back to mediaeval England, when villagers hoofed an inflated pig’s bladder around a muddy paddock. Today, though, the 22 football players on the pitch are supported by a ghost squad of scientists drawing on biomechanics, physics, nutrition, psychology and other performance-enhancing disciplines.

The Bangkok Post presents 10 illustrative examples of how science has helped to change football, answer riddles and end hearsay!

THE BANGKOK POST REPORTS:

DIGITAL FUTURE? – Punters looking for a tip on this year’s World Cup winners might be advised to take a close look at players’ hands. John Manning from Britain’s University of Liverpool suggests there is a link between the lengths of a footballer’s fingers and his ability as a player. Looking at British players, Manning found that the footballing elite had longer ring fingers compared to their index fingers. Manning’s theory is early exposure to testosterone in the womb is a key to heart formation and spatial judgement and finger length, which is why digits can be a telltale, but not a prediction, of prowess.”

SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING:
Can finger length predict the new FIFA World Cup winner?
‘The Finger Book’ by John T. Manning!
Jamaicans have the long ring finger: the story of Usain Bolt!
Finger length linked with football ability in professional players from Brazil!

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