Everything must have a minimal advantage over the rival.
the Norwich City, team of the second division of English football – the championship – decided to paint the costumes that were reserved for the visiting team in pink.
The reason: pink is a color that supposedly lowers the testosterone levels and that has one calming effect about people.
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Some studies indicate that color effectively lowers the levels of the male sex hormone and even in the interior design of prisons to calm the prisoners.
Although as explained by Dr. Alecander Latinjak, professor of sports psychology at the University of Suffolk. If the pink has that effect, it is "because it is linked to experiences from childhood".
"And if it is true that it lowers testosterone levels, the coach needs to know exactly how to use that advantage tactically," he told BBC Latinjak.
From Iowa to Norwich
The Norwich has not officially pronounced on this subject, but the fans discovered the change of painting on a forum.
And at least the idea it is not all the way novel.
The legendary former football coach, Hayden Fry, He applied the same measure to the team at the University of Iowa where he arrived in 1979 and where he continued to develop a great career until 1998.
Fry graduated in piscology and commissioned a refurbishment of the pink visitor's wardrobe to make the rivals less aggressive.
It is not certain whether this affected the good results achieved, but there are anecdotes about the effect it has generated on other teams.
For example the also legendary coach of Michigan, Bo Schembechler he sent his assistants to cover the pink walls with white paper the night before the game, worried that the decoration distracted the players.
Will it have an effect?
Unlike the visitor's pink wardrobe, the Norwich is painted white on Carrow Road and covered with motivational phrases on the walls.
For now, in their home performances, Norwich scores a 4-3 loss against West Bromwich and a 3-1 victory against Stevenage, so It remains to be seen if the tactics really produce good results.
"In person I had not bothered to change the color of the wardrobe"Dr. Latinjak said," There are many more things you can do for that. "
"Now that the teams are aware of the pink wardrobe, they can take measures to prevent a higher testosterone level," the sports psychologist warned.
And Latinjak believes that the color change can even be counterproductive.
"It can even happen that other team players have a little fun." They could all become tense, but then start to laugh, and smiling is something that is linked to a better performance".
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