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Off-the-Wall Considerations: The Ape Index in Jai-Alai?

According to the wiki entry on the Ape Index, in the year 15 BC, the Roman writer, architect and engineer Vitruvius noted that a "well made man" has an arm span equal to his height.

However, having a plus index is considered beneficial in some sports.

From a random website: First of all, the ape index is often an indicator for your sports ability. Those with longer arms tend to have an advantage in certain sports, such as rock climbing, basketball, swimming, tennis, golf, pitching a baseball, or any other throwing or swinging motion.

Where does jai-alai fit in?

Going beyond that, there is this concept of Larmackian Evolution that would suggest that if in fact a pelotari lengthens his throwing arm over the years, that trait might be passed down to his offspring.


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