Hooked on science: athletic potential
Can Your Big Toe Determine Your Athletic Potential?
- Several People
STEP 1: Take off your shoes and observe each other’s feet.
STEP 2: Determine whose big toe is longer than their second toe and whose big toe is not longer than their second toe?
STEP 3: Race those whose big toe is longer then their second toe against those whose big toe is not longer than their second toe.
STEP 4: Make observations of each person’s motion to provide evidence that a pattern can be used to predict the future motion of each person.
If your big toe is longer than your second toe, foot experts say you possess a natural advantage in skiing, sprinting, and other sports. Longer big toes allow you to easily lean your full body weight onto your big toe. Your big toe can exert about twice as much force as your second toe. Go to www.hookedonscience.org for more experiments that might get you and your family “Hooked on Science.”