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Do athletes use both hands?

Tue, 1st Apr 2014

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Question

Jen asked:

I heard yesterday on Pointless that a relatively large number of sportsmen and women who played their sport left-handed are actually right-handed in other aspects of their life. Is this true?

Answer

Chris M. -   There are probably what we call mixed handers and about 10% of the tennispopulation writes with their left hand but about 20% throws with their left hand.  And that means there's about 10% who are left-handed throwers and right-handed writers and probably, they're over represented in sport. 

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