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Genes, Sports & Fitness - The Uncovered Association


To be a sportsman is a highly demanding job that not only requires determination, dedication, nutrition, supportive environment, and intensive training but the ‘intrinsic ability’ coined by genetic traits. The finding that sport performance has a genetic background became a promising area of research in sports genetics since late 1990s when the first discoveries highlighting hereditary involvement in achieving elite sports status were published. Since then, numerous studies have been conducted to elucidate the gene-gene and gene-environment interactions that contribute to sport-related phenotypes contributing to elite performance status. In fact, sports performance is a complex multifactorial phenomenon governed by many intrinsic factors such as genetic polymorphism, psychomotor skills, physical fitness that are greatly influenced by extrinsic factors such as diet, training and health status1

However, sports performance is a complex multifactorial phenomenon governed by several intrinsic factors such as genetic polymorphism, psychomotor skills, physical fitness that are greatly influenced by extrinsic factors such as diet, training, and health status.1

Genetic Testing in Sports & Fitness

Genetics plays a critical role in the development of sports phenotype and exercise response. However, to get positive benefits, training regimes and healthy lifestyle habits are of utmost importance. In other words, genetics coupled with a fitness and training regime can lead to development of an elite performance phenotype.1

Consequently, one of the most interesting applications of sports genetics is development of tests for predicting performance and devise training regime. 1

Furthermore, the potential for genetic testing to predict injury predisposition may help in ensuring health and safety of athletes during sports training.1

An excellent example of this is one of the Australian Rugby team which claimed that it has utilized genetic testing to develop training programs for its team members to gain a competitive edge over other teams. The team got tested 18 of its 24 players for 11 exercise-related genes. Subsequently their training programs were redesigned according to their genetic profile. In addition to this some professional sports teams are using the genetic test results for direct training recommendations. 1

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MyDNA Fit Geneguard has been carefully designed to target 40+ traits and conditions that can impact sports performance . Genetic predisposition for these parameters affects nutrition, fitness and wellness of an athlete.

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How Do We Analyse?

Polygenic Risk Score

Based on Polygenic Risk Score (PRS), this report is generated. A polygenic risk score (PRS) estimates an individual’s genetic risk (predisposition) for a trait or condition. PRS takes the sum (aggregate) of SNPs to calculate an overall genetic risk for a particular condition.

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References :
  1. Ghanemi, A.; Melouane, A.; Yoshioka, M.; St-Amand, J. Exercise and High-Fat Diet in Obesity: Functional Genomics Perspectives of Two Energy Homeostasis Pillars. Genes 2020, 11, 875.