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Motoric dominance and sporting excellence: training versus heredity.

Authors
  • Grouios, George
Type
Published Article
Journal
Perceptual and motor skills
Publication Date
Feb 01, 2004
Volume
98
Issue
1
Pages
53–66
Identifiers
PMID: 15058866
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

In the past two decades, laterality in sports has become clearly established. In particular, the concept of motoric dominance in sports has been a fertile area for laterality research. The literature is consistent with the view that in certain sporting skills, sporting competitors with specific motoric-dominance patterns enjoy an advantage over other competitors and are overrepresented in some sports. Two theoretical interpretations have been offered to explain this imbalance of motoric-dominance distribution among sporting individuals: hypotheses of "innate superiority" and "strategic advantage." This paper presents an overview the two hypotheses, along with relevant work so far reported and identifies directions for further empirical research. The theoretical and practical implications of research on laterality in human motor performance are discussed.

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