Code Red?

COULD YOUR IN­JURY RISK BE WRIT­TEN INTO YOUR DNA?

Runner's World (UK) - - Injury Predictor -

Sci­en­tists have iden­ti­fied more than 300 DNA mark­ers that are linked to sports in­juries. For ex­am­ple, some ge­netic mu­ta­tions

reg­u­late the pro­duc­tion of col­la­gen, the main pro­tein in ten­dons, and this could pre­dis­pose you to prob­lems with your Achilles ten­dons.

Oth­ers in­flu­ence bone den­sity and, there­fore, your risk of de­vel­op­ing frac­tures. While you can’t change your genes, hav­ing the ap­pro­pri­ate

in­for­ma­tion about them could al­low you to take tar­geted mea­sures to pro­tect your­self, says Stu­art Kim, pro­fes­sor of De­vel­op­men­tal Bi­ol­ogy at Stan­ford

Univer­sity, US. Within a few years, Kim pre­dicts, many mo­ti­vated run­ners may un­dergo DNA test­ing for in­jury-re­lated mu­ta­tions.

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