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jacobdf

I think it is unlikely that genetic analysis will provide sport specific information. It is more likely to point to the predisposition to develop muscle mass, height, potential VO2 max capacity etc. These are characteristics that are useful in a wide range of sports. So the risk is only that "pushy parents" over-interpret the information.
Even if genetic data were to provide more sport specific information, anyone who has had teenage kids will know that pushing them in a certain direction is unlikely to be successful. They will decide for themselves what career to choose.
However, it could be of value in professional sports, but this is such a small proportion of the total number of athletes that I wouldn't be concerned about it.

My grandchildren love table tennis, football, basketball, swimming, skiing, mountain biking, and probably some other sports they have not yet tried or told me about. If I learned that they were genetically predisposed to a certain sport, I would probably encourage them to pursue other sports first as whatever they are predisposed to will come easy to them.

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grumpystu
Stuart Gray said:

The idea has been around for many years starting with marrying off champion athletes. Their offspring are often successful in sport probably because they have to accompany Mum & Dad to events & grow up watching the skills & training rather than the gene inheritance. The offsprings are often successful in other sports however. Occasionally they rebel & do something completely different, which might also be because of the genes. Nothing is certain in life.

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RobM66
Rob Mathews said:

This article is slightly misleading in where an athlete coach could use the benefit from DNA Testing, as it delves into areas that have nothing to do with sport improvement.

I have been DNA tested by a company called DNA Fit, I was initially sceptical, but following the report and consultation I have recommended this to all my athletes that I coach.

I would recommend this for two main reasons:

1. Athlete profile will give an individual a full report on how their body responds to certain types of training, how their MSK is prone to and responds to injury, based on their DNA profile.

2. Dietary profile will give an individual a full report on how their body processes, Carbs, fats, proteins, salt, caffeine, the different types of vitamins, based on their DNA profile.

Both points are a snapshot of the full report, but the benefits for an athlete and coach are that they have the understanding of where training and nutrition will be best targeted and avoided. For less than £200 (many triathletes will spend more on a helmet) DNA testing may offer more value to a serious athlete than many other investments.

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