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Manual laterality and hitting performance in major league baseball.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10385985     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Asymmetrical hand function was examined in the context of expert sports performance: hitting in professional baseball. An archival study was conducted to examine the batting performance of all Major League Baseball players from 1871 to 1992, focusing on those who batted left (n = 1,059) to neutralize the game asymmetry. Among them, left-handers (n = 421) were more likely to hit with power and to strike out than right-handers (n = 638). One possible account, based on the idea of hand dominance and an analogy to tennis, is that batting left involves a double-handed forehand for left-handers and a weaker and more reliable double-handed backhand for right-handers. The results are also interpretable in the light of Y. Guiard's (1987) kinematic chain model of a between-hands asymmetrical division of labor, which provides a detailed account of why left batting is optimal for left-handers.
S Grondin; Y Guiard; R B Ivry; S Koren
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of experimental psychology. Human perception and performance     Volume:  25     ISSN:  0096-1523     ISO Abbreviation:  J Exp Psychol Hum Percept Perform     Publication Date:  1999 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-10-07     Completed Date:  1999-10-07     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7502589     Medline TA:  J Exp Psychol Hum Percept Perform     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  747-54     Citation Subset:  IM    
Université Laval, Quebec, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Functional Laterality / physiology*
Psychomotor Performance / physiology*
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