Having a short wide face may indicate sporting potential, study shows

The shape of a man's face can help predict his sporting acumen, according to a study on Wednesday that found Japanese baseball players whose faces were relatively broad rather than long were most likely to hit a home run.

The shape of a man's face can help predict his sporting acumen, according to a study on Wednesday that found Japanese baseball players whose faces were relatively broad rather than long were most likely to hit a home run.

University of London psychologists measured the facial width-to-height ratio, or fWHR, of 104 batters in Japan's professional Central League Pennant who played in the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

In both seasons, the players who scored the most home runs had the highest fWHR, said the study in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters.

Previous research has found a link between face ratio and competitiveness among politicians and financial success among corporate chiefs, but this work had focussed only on Caucasian subjects, not Asians.

The new data suggests the association "may be generalisable across cultures," according to the paper.

Why facial bulk appears to be so important in sporting success is unclear.

Wider jaws could be an indicator of testosterone, the that plays an important part in and aggressiveness.

More information: Paper: Human face structure correlates with professional baseball performance: insights from professional Japanese baseball players, rsbl.royalsocietypublishing.or… .1098/rsbl.2013.0140

Abstract
Recent work has begun to highlight how one's facial width-to-height ratio (fWHR – i.e. a wider face relative to height) is linked to a number of behaviours. FWHR has also been linked to several factors that may be beneficial for sport (e.g., achievement drive, winning mentality, and aggression). Few studies have examined the relationship between fWHR and sports performance. Here, we show that fWHR is positively related with home run performance across two consecutive seasons in professional Japanese baseball players. The findings provide the first evidence linking fWHR to baseball performance and linking fWHR to behavioural outcomes in Asian participants.

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Are wider faced men more self-sacrificing?

Jun 04, 2012

Picture a stereotypical tough guy and you might imagine a man with a broad face, a square jaw, and a stoical demeanor. Existing research even supports this association, linking wider, more masculine faces with several less-than-cuddly ...

Recommended for you

The human race evolved to be fair for selfish reasons

19 hours ago

"Make sure you play fairly," often say parents to their kids. In fact, children do not need encouragement to be fair, it is a unique feature of human social life, which emerges in childhood. When given the o ...

Non-stop PET/CT scan provides accurate images

Sep 18, 2014

Siemens is improving PET/CT imaging and data quality while reducing radiation exposure. The Biograph mCT Flow PET/CT scanner is a new positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system that, ...

Experts: Chopin's heart shows signs of TB

Sep 17, 2014

The preserved heart of composer Frederic Chopin contains signs of tuberculosis and possibly some other lung disease, medical experts said Wednesday.

User comments

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

scidog
not rated yet Apr 10, 2013
wide face,eyes farther apart and you can keep you eyes on the ball and estimate speed and direction better.