Does the color of an athlete’s uniform influence his or her likelihood of winning? Scientists say more research needs to be conducted before answering that question with authority. However, as you’ll see by reading the data from the infographic below, some studies have already made memorable findings.
For example, scientists studied judo competitors during the 2004 Olympic Games and found athletes wearing blue were more likely to win than if they were wearing white. The researchers say the blue attire was brighter, and therefore more intimidating. Furthermore, they noted white clothing was more visible, making it easier for opponents to anticipate moves. That study alone seems promising, but future researchers argued the judo data left out numerous factors that could have also affected the likelihood of winning. When those were accounted for, scientists concluded uniform color did not make a difference.
Although it may be a while before enough research is done to provide stronger evidence, the information below should serve as engaging reading material if you’ve ever mused how certain team’s uniforms are more attractive than their opponents, and wondered if that mattered.