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Does Uniform Color Matter When It Comes to Winning? 2

Posted on February 18, 2016 by Daniel Bailey

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. Read the rest of this entry →

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      The Sports Then and Now Vintage Athlete of the Month is a former major league baseball player who came into the game as a teenager and stayed until he was in his 40s. In between, Rusty Staub put up a solid career that was primarily spent on expansion or rebuilding teams.

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