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Monday, December 07, 2020

How Billy Wagner went from righty to lefty

“Yes, it’s called neuroplasticity: the ability of our body to adapt to whatever we put on it,” Dr. Eugene Charles, who pretty much wrote the book on this subject, tells me over the phone. “I believe we have this ability all throughout our lives. But the general consensus is that it’s even more powerful [when we’re younger]. Science says we have more pliability and neuroplasticity then ... and also less self-imposed inhibitions.”

So, Wagner, unknowingly, took this newfound neuroplasticity and built on it. The middle-schooler began throwing anything he could find with his left hand—baseballs, footballs or even just rocks. Constant practice is also a key to changing dynamics in the brain.

“Yeah, by him just making a concerted effort to go with his left hand, you can re-establish neural pathways,” Charles says. “There’s the old nature versus nurture. Nature might be the said foundation but, you know, nurture is really what develops who you are and what you can do.”

All of a sudden, as Wagner’s right arm was still healing, he found he was throwing harder and harder with his left. That arm became his good arm. He was breaking aluminum siding off the side of his house and striking out batters older and bigger than him in Little League.

 

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