Look at your fingers. If your ring finger is a lot longer than your index finger, you might have what it takes to be a superstar athlete.
That’s the message of a study by two researchers from England’s Durham University, published in the August edition of the Journal of Personality. The researchers examined the digit ratio — the length of the second finger compared to the fourth finger — and its effect on athletic success. Scientists believe the digit ratio is affected by the amount of testosterone a person is exposed to before birth.
The researchers examined 155 British athletes who played university rugby, soccer or basketball. They found that the digit ratio of both male and female athletes was correlated to the level at which they played sports.
They suggested that people with low digit ratios, and thus high prenatal testosterone levels, may get less tired when they exercise and enjoy sports more as a result. “The sporting benefits of a low digit ratio may be as much in the body as in the mind,” they concluded.