COULD YOUR INJURY RISK BE WRITTEN INTO YOUR DNA?
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.