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Right-left digit ratio (2D:4D) and maximal oxygen uptake.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22141747     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A low digit ratio (2D:4D) and low 2D:4D in the right compared with the left hand (right-left 2D:4D) are thought to be determined by high in utero concentrations of testosterone, and are related to "masculine" traits such as aggression and performance in sports like running and rugby. Low right-left 2D:4D is also related to sensitivity to testosterone as measured by the number of cytosine-adenine-guanine triplet repeats in exon 1 of the androgen receptor gene. Here we show that low right-left 2D:4D is associated with high maximal oxygen uptake (VO2(max)), high velocity at VO2(max), and high maximum lactate concentration in a sample of teenage boys. We suggest that low right-left 2D:4D is linked to performance in some sports because it is a proxy of high sensitivity to prenatal and maybe also circulating testosterone and high VO2(max).
Randy Hill; Ben Simpson; Grégoire Millet; John Manning; Liam Kilduff
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2011-12-06
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of sports sciences     Volume:  30     ISSN:  1466-447X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Sports Sci     Publication Date:  2012  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-12-15     Completed Date:  2012-04-12     Revised Date:  2012-05-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8405364     Medline TA:  J Sports Sci     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  129-34     Citation Subset:  IM    
HP Sports and YSC Sports, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Athletic Performance*
Fingers / anatomy & histology*
Functional Laterality
Lactic Acid / blood*
Oxygen Consumption*
Prenatal Exposure Delayed Effects*
Receptors, Androgen / genetics
Sex Characteristics*
Testosterone / metabolism*
Trinucleotide Repeats
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Receptors, Androgen; 50-21-5/Lactic Acid; 58-22-0/Testosterone
Erratum In:
J Sports Sci. 2012;30(5):515
Note: Millet, Grégoire [added]

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