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  • SUMMARY 2: sex differences in throwing

    The question on putative sex differences in throwing has continued to
    generate some interesting responses. Here are some additional replies
    since the first summary was posted a few days ago.


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    The girl your one respondent mentioned is Illa Borders pitching for the Duluth
    (Minnesota) baseball team in the Northern League. You might like to question
    her some time. The northern League is an Independant league. Some players who
    have moved up are JD Drew, Daryl Strawberry, and Ray Ordoniz. It is a good

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    To the above discussion I'd like to add my two pennies worth:

    It would be helpful for investigators to do comparison between which arm is
    being used. I as a right handed person I can throw pretty well with my
    favoured hand, but when it comes to my left hand I've got a girlier than
    girly throw. I think thats pretty much true of most boys, so the difference
    has to do with experience rather than sex.

    Cheers Kambiz.

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    Kambiz Saber-sheikh
    Computational Engineering and Design Centre
    Department of Mechanical Engineering
    University of Southampton
    Southampton Phone: + 44 1703 593392
    S017 1BJ Fax: + 44 1703 593230
    England, UK. Email:

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    Sorry, I don't have any data on this, but I am interested. From my own
    experience (as a girl), I think any difference in throwing style is due to
    girls' lack of training. I was not taught how to throw until I was in my
    mid-teens, and even now I have to think before I can throw accurately or
    over a large distance. I didn't participate in out-of-school sports when I
    was young, and girls don't tend to play ball games in the school
    playground, so I lack experience and training.

    I was expect girls who participate in ball sports, whether in or out of
    school, would not throw any differently from boys.


    P.S. I've now been taught how to throw a punch too, and while I might not
    have the same upper body strength as a man, I'm pretty sure my style isn't
    any different...

    Koa Webster
    Dawson Laboratory
    School of Biological Sciences
    University of New South Wales
    Sydney NSW 2052

    Ph: +61-2-9385 2123
    Fax: +61-2-9385 1558

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    1) YES, there are HUGE sex/ gender differences in throwing
    2) These differences start VERY early (likely before 3-5 years old,
    certainly by time children enter school)
    3) Throwing "patterns" change qualitatively AND quantitatively over
    the entire lifespan, from early age until late adulthood
    4) As paradoxical as it may seem after the first 3 answers, there
    is NO SUCH THING as "throwing like a girl!" That is simply a sexist
    stereotype for a specific developmental level of throwing. I have
    recently-taken videos of adult males "throwing like girls" when asked to
    use their non-preferred hands/arms.
    4) At present, we have a few "guesses" but no "proof" or hard
    evidence about the "causes" of these gender differences, despite how
    prevalent and dramatic they are.


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    Stephen J. Langendorfer, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor - Kinesiology
    School of Human Movement, Sport, and Leisure Studies *
    College of Education and Human Development
    Bowling Green State University
    Bowling Green, OH 43403 USA
    419-372-0221 FAX 419-372-2877

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