Colour blindness in sport

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6980.671d (Published 11 March 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:671
  1. B O'Connor
  1. Honorary registrar in anaesthesia Department of Anaesthesia, Bassetlaw District General Hospital, Kilton, Worksop S81 0BD

    EDITOR,—As one of the unfortunate 8% of people who are colour blind, I have not suffered greatly in playing cricket.1 I have not been so lucky, however, with rugby. On the few occasions when brown leather balls were used on pitches surrounded by high grassy banks my need to anticipate the trajectory of a pass by focusing on the manufacturer's name printed on the surface of the ball neither made me a successful centre threequarter nor enamoured me to my team. Perhaps this could be the basis of the next study.


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