Does arm size have anything to do with enhanced performance though. The favourite answer for most trainers and coaches is that it depends. It depends on the sport (movements, duration, frequency of arm use), outcomes you’re looking to achieve and potential advantage or disadvantage that may occur.
Like a lot of things within the health and fitness industry, there is a lot of misinformation around topics such as nutrient timing, meal sizes, caloric amounts and of course carbohydrate loading. This is not to say that some of these strategies are not based on sound science and rationale but a lot of them are based on outdated science, myths and poor understanding. What we are aiming to highlight in this article is that the ‘one size fits all method’ to nutritional guidance does not work for everyone.
We have all had that experience of watching a young athlete, for example, a 14-year-old who is so physically imposing that he or she looks more like 18 years old. Coaches, parents and other players subconsciously are immediately drawn to this child as a physical specimen who if they have on their team is a huge advantage and if on the opposing side is going to cause all sorts of problems. This blog looks at the early developer bias in sports at both grassroots and elite pathways.