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Old 05-18-2011, 03:51 PM   #1
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Default Do you think Black vs Red gloves affect reaction time?

There is a lot of science explaining the nature of our reflexes and sight-based reaction. Red is the most alarming color to us, evolutionarily, and probably has a comparative spike in its affect on our reactions to its movement. Because boxers operate on such high levels of reactive cognition, do you think that if there were an experiment collecting the average reaction times to punches thrown by a Red vs. Black glove, that participants reacting to Red gloves would reveal faster reactions?

Those split seconds count in the sport arguably more than any other, and I'm intrigued by the concept that perhaps the color of the glove may impact how quickly our brains can process and transmit the signals to initiate a physical response.

Sorry if this seems out of wack in training, I figure it was the best fit forum. I appreciate any responses & opinions you guys could give me.
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Old 05-18-2011, 04:16 PM   #2
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It could, but that's why I look at their chest rather than their gloves
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Old 05-18-2011, 04:49 PM   #3
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Never really thought about that before, it'd be interesting if someone did an proper study on it
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Old 05-18-2011, 04:57 PM   #4
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It could, but that's why I look at their chest rather than their gloves
That's a good habit, but it still stands that when the fist moves to feint or strike, one percieves the movement and reacts accordingly. Even when moving still, like resisting a feint, your vision is sharpened and acutely aware of the movement. My question is whether or not color could affect this.

Like, were you more likely to slip 400/1000 jabs with red gloves and 600/1000 jabs with black ones. Maybe some kind of sports science show will adopt the experiment one day.
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Old 05-18-2011, 05:08 PM   #5
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Its quite similar to theory Ive read about somewhere, that the colour corner you are in might affect your chances in the ring.....The guy in the red corner is supposed to be more fired up and the guy in the blue is more placid.

I dont know if theres any truth in that though, plus, being blue might be helpful if it chills you out and keeps you calm.
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Old 05-18-2011, 05:11 PM   #6
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That's a good habit, but it still stands that when the fist moves to feint or strike, one percieves the movement and reacts accordingly. Even when moving still, like resisting a feint, your vision is sharpened and acutely aware of the movement. My question is whether or not color could affect this.

Like, were you more likely to slip 400/1000 jabs with red gloves and 600/1000 jabs with black ones. Maybe some kind of sports science show will adopt the experiment one day.
I'm quite sure the color does affect it, black tends to blend as for red stands out more
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Old 05-19-2011, 03:39 AM   #7
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i think colour does matter
in football scientists found that keepers that wore orange triggered an alarming response to the striker as to wearing black. the striker sees the big orange figure and panic and thus missing the shot
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He said: "Studies say the orange colour spreads the most when the striker attacks, in the split of a second as he focuses.

"This colour is like a sort of alarm or alert which really spreads and is very difficult to avoid, so this should be good for me.

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Old 05-19-2011, 10:53 AM   #8
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Red is rooted in every individual (not only human beings) as the color for blood, it is the most exciting color in many ways, for instance think of some monkeys' genital area ripening into a conspicuous red glow when they get horny, for their ***mates to get horny as well.
So I think there's something very profound and pre-conscious about it, and it's no bullshit question at all, I mean, some statistical studies should be done and they could probably prove some facts about fighters in the red vs in the blue corner, or bouts with a boxer wearing red gloves vs another wearing black ones - in this respect, I do prefer both fighters wearing the same glove color, just to make sure
- and, just for comic relief, one could also ask: most girls get wet down there at the sight of males clad in boxing gear, but do chicks get more aroused with red gloves?
(part joking)
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Old 05-19-2011, 03:54 PM   #9
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The gloves are always in sight so the colors will already be recognized. Still be cool to see a study.
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Old 05-19-2011, 05:26 PM   #10
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Not sure if that is true about red (never really had an issue), but I know that I have sparred with guys with bright yellow gloves and it was ANNOYINGLY distracting. The color was so blaring that my mind kept over focusing on the color while using my peripheral vision. I could just imagine neon (pink, orange, green) gloves.

It literally felt like someone was strobing me with a camera flash.
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Old 05-19-2011, 09:57 PM   #11
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How about a dark skinned fighter wearing black gloves vs red gloves. Black gloves would blend in to his darker skin making it harder for you to see his punches coming compared to red gloves that would stand out more.
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Old 05-20-2011, 12:56 AM   #12
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Old 05-20-2011, 02:28 AM   #13
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i think colour does matter
in football scientists found that keepers that wore orange triggered an alarming response to the striker as to wearing black. the striker sees the big orange figure and panic and thus missing the shot
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Wow that's interesting, really relevant to the question I posed. Maybe I should just start using black gloves in sparring from now on. Or read gloves to get accustomed to having to do things faster?
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How about a dark skinned fighter wearing black gloves vs red gloves. Black gloves would blend in to his darker skin making it harder for you to see his punches coming compared to red gloves that would stand out more.
Or any fighter coming into the ring in a perfectly color matched completely flesh neutral wardrobe and equipment.
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