In sport, the color Red is one of the best as it represents and symbolizes energy and vitality. The color can substantially impact performance whether it is the actual aggression that is outputted by the athlete, or intimidation from opponent.
According to BBC sports analysts and experts, wearing red will place the athlete or the team at a good advantage. Studies show that wearing a particular color increases the chances of winning a gold medal. The effect has since been shown for other sports, such as football. In competitive sport, small advantages like this matter. The difference between winning and losing can be milliseconds, or millimetres.
Red has a range of symbolic meanings in many different cultures, including life, health, vigor, war, courage, anger, love, and religious fervor. The common thread is that all these require passion.
Similarly, in the book Power of Color by Robert Gerard, red and other colors like blue, yellow and orange spark energy and enthusiasm. Red in sports also increases athletic performance.
Uniform Color in Professional Sports:
For example, Manchester United football club colours are red and white. They have been established in 1902, when the team changed its name from Newton Heath to its current name. Known as the “Red Devils”, the United players currently take the field in red jerseys and black shorts during home games.
“33% of MLB teams have a red and blue (navy or royal) color scheme, compared to 20% in the NBA and 12.5% in the NFL.” Based on the size of the dots, these visuals echo the idea that red is the dominant color in the MLB, NBA and NFL. In most cases, but not all, you may notice that the teams that have red as a dominant part of their color scheme are also at the top of their respective leagues.
Why do many sports use red color jerseys
The reasons why many sports use red or blue jerseys are much more simple. The main reason has to do with early team finances and late 19th and early 20th-century laundry technology. When many sports teams were founded — and this is true across many sports — the players would wear the same jersey the entire season. It was far too expensive to provide a new jersey — or several new jerseys — for every match, and light-colored jerseys, especially white jerseys, were too hard to clean. Blue and Red hid the grass and dirt stains much more effectively (and black was typically reserved for officials).
This red-blue selection became even more important with the advent of television in the late 1930s. Color TVs didn’t come into wide use for another 25–30 years, and with a black-and-white screen and a relatively fuzzy picture, red and blue jerseys stuck out sufficiently to distinguish between the players.
So the next time you watch the Manchester Darby, or watch the Cardinals play the Dodgers, think about laundry, and early team finances, and the advent of TV. And certainly not “psychological advantages.”
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