Are there any sports where being small and compact is actually better?

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    Feb 16, 2011 3:02 PM GMT
    These days I've been doing a lot of running and swimming.

    In running, the tall/skinny guys seem to have that longer stride and the lightweight which makes them go faster and cover more distance.

    In swimming, it seems like being tall is a big advantage because your limbs are longer and it takes less strokes to get from one end of the pool to the other.

    For me, improving myself is more important than beating the other guys. But out of curiosity, are there any sports where being small and compact is actually better?
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    Feb 16, 2011 3:36 PM GMT
    As a teenager, about your height & weight, I was our club's tennis champion. I didn't have the height for the greatest serve, almost always had to volley for my point, but I was very quick on the court, able to exploit my lighter weight, speed and agility. My bigger opponents responded like they were moving in slow motion. I didn't have a lot of power, but my placement was deadly.

    I might have gone pro, but I developed severe tendinitis in my racket (right) hand. Then I had a disastrous motorcycle accident at 19 and joined the Army, seriously concerned whether I could hold a rifle with that hand, and so ended my aspirations regarding tennis.

    Short legs are not good for the running sports, nor are you likely to be competitive in swimming. Diving, perhaps. You might consider gymnastics, but check with a coach if your span is enough. As for team sports I have no ideas for someone your size.
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    Feb 16, 2011 3:59 PM GMT
    IMO, smaller guys are usually more flexable "between-the-sheets".

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    Feb 16, 2011 4:58 PM GMT
    Tall guys do have an advantage in most things, unfortunately, but. . .

    Smaller guys do well in gymnastics, wrestling

    Besides, if you're the smaller guy, how much more impressive it is when you take on a bigger guy and win, whether it be wrestling, lifting weights, etc
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    Feb 18, 2011 12:45 AM GMT
    rnch saidIMO, smaller guys are usually more flexable "between-the-sheets".

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    ^^ It's true. Guys I hook up with usually compliment me on my flexibility. icon_cool.gif

    To answer the OP:
    Since you are already a runner, try going for the shorter races (5K, 10K) and run them for time. The fastest 5K runners tend to be shorter.
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    Feb 18, 2011 12:52 AM GMT
    Some running backs in football are small, compact, fast runners. Their small size makes them difficult to tackle.
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    Feb 18, 2011 12:53 AM GMT
    Being a Jockey??
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    Feb 18, 2011 1:15 AM GMT
    Soccer. Having a low center of gravity is a huge advantage
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    Sport fucking.
  • MuscleComeBac...

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    Feb 18, 2011 1:17 AM GMT
    Coxswain in rowing.
    Gymnastics.
    Dwarf bowling.

    Okay, that wasn't serious...sorry, you can be tall in Gymnastics and still have an advantage.

  • torontoguy222...

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    Feb 18, 2011 2:27 PM GMT
    If there are any I'd love to know about them lol.

    I think Soccer is one of those sports where height matters less (unless you're head-balling).

    I wish I could say Rowing, cause I love rowing, but I realize my short legs are probably a huge impediment to a faster pace =(

    How about Curling or Polo? lol =(
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    Feb 18, 2011 2:31 PM GMT
    microbiologist saidThese days I've been doing a lot of running and swimming.

    In running, the tall/skinny guys seem to have that longer stride and the lightweight which makes them go faster and cover more distance.

    In swimming, it seems like being tall is a big advantage because your limbs are longer and it takes less strokes to get from one end of the pool to the other.

    For me, improving myself is more important than beating the other guys. But out of curiosity, are there any sports where being small and compact is actually better?


    yes, tossing the dwarf.
  • alphatop

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    Feb 18, 2011 2:44 PM GMT
    microbiologist saidFor me, improving myself is more important than beating the other guys. But out of curiosity, are there any sports where being small and compact is actually better?


    Horseback riding. Professional jockeys are short, and that was my main disadvantage of becoming one. Still riding for fun thoughicon_lol.gif
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    Feb 18, 2011 3:01 PM GMT
    Football (soccer in the US and Australia) and field hockey come to mind as team sports.

    Being closer to the ground and the sticks being shorter meant that shorter guys were lethal on the field for hockey - they were more agile, and could manoeuvre the ball between the larger and taller defenders with greater ease, putting the ball away in the goal with a quick hit.
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    Feb 18, 2011 3:03 PM GMT
    I would definitely join the Crew team and become a Coxswain. I know my team is always looking for people to help us with our strokes icon_wink.gif
  • hebrewman

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    Feb 18, 2011 3:04 PM GMT
    AUSSIE RULES FOOTBALL.... AKA FOOTY. i was not the biggest or the most muscular on my team, but i could run fast and that is what counts, although i really sucked at the kicking part. much better at passing though.
    give it a try. its rough, but the beer makes it all worth it.
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    Feb 18, 2011 3:05 PM GMT
    Myk17 saidI would definitely join the Crew team and become a Coxswain. I know my team is always looking for people to help us with our strokes icon_wink.gif


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    Feb 18, 2011 10:03 PM GMT
    though i've seen tall top racers in MTbiking ( Ryder Hesjedahl for ex. ) most are short.
    F1 racing.

    in Xc skiing, i think ( but not sure sure ) tall skiers have an advantage is they're really powerful. otherwise, better be shorter .
    kayaking also i think favors short and muscular guys .

    but there is so much more than size to an athletes abilities that it's a moot point .
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    Feb 18, 2011 10:12 PM GMT
    I would say Chess and

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  • rugbybri

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    Feb 18, 2011 10:34 PM GMT
    I also suffer from this same predicament. I do however have short guy syndrome. My 4 brothers are at least 6'7" so I think I'm much bigger than I am. I've done well in rugby, lacrosse and soccer but didn't have any advantage. I do find that I have an advantage when it comes to obstacle course runs like "Tough Mudder" and "Warrior Dash". The runs are shorter so my body doesn't need time to produce extra ADP and being short gives me an advantage crawling under the barbed wire and climbing the walls and stuff. Check out the obstacle runs. Since you're already a runner it will fit in well with your training and they really are a blast.
  • jperfit

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    Feb 18, 2011 10:36 PM GMT
    MMA
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    Feb 18, 2011 10:38 PM GMT
    Wrestling, Soccer, MMA, to some ends Gymnastics.
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    Feb 18, 2011 10:46 PM GMT
    wrestling
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    Feb 18, 2011 11:37 PM GMT
    microbiologist saidThese days I've been doing a lot of running and swimming.

    In running, the tall/skinny guys seem to have that longer stride and the lightweight which makes them go faster and cover more distance.

    In swimming, it seems like being tall is a big advantage because your limbs are longer and it takes less strokes to get from one end of the pool to the other.

    For me, improving myself is more important than beating the other guys. But out of curiosity, are there any sports where being small and compact is actually better?


    Sprints.
    You get super fast and you get faster than all the other players and it'll more than make up for it.

    One of the captains on my team was like 5'5" for ultimate Frisbee. Fast as hell, amazing player.