A new DNA test is now available in Australia for athletes through a simple mouth swab. DNA sport evaluates genes that affect power and endurance, tendon pathology and exercise recovery. The results provide insight into an individual’s potential for sporting performance and trainability, optimal exercise selection, recovery strategies and injury risks. The Human Genome Project has confirmed significant variability in an individual’s potential for success in different sports and the associated training responses attained from specific exercise regimes.

Variation in genotypes, as expressed through DNA, has been estimated to account for 66 % of athletic success. We now have enough scientific understanding to realise that in order to attain the most successful target training outcomes, the ratio between the power training and aerobic exercise that constitutes a training programme should vary widely between individuals. This notion applies even between different individuals seeking the same goal metric, such as fat-loss or muscle gain.

This test may be worthwhile considering if you would like further insight into your:

  • Individual exercise and dietary responsiveness to things such as caffeine and salt
  • Appropriate exercise training balance choices for optimum health and physical performance,
  • Ideal training times and nutritional intake for optimal recovery times
  • ‘Prehabilitative’ exercise and nutritional strategies for injury avoidance
  • Predisposition to tendon injuries (including Achilles Tendonitis), plus ligament, cartilage and bone pathology.
  • Disposition to inflammation and free radical stress within the body, which may imply the need for more focussed nutritional support, along with extended recoveries between training repetitions and sessions
  • Physiological factors such as circulation, blood pressure control, strength, cardio-pulmonary capacity, mitochondrial synthesis, muscle fibre type specialisation, muscle fibre hypertrophy, cardiac output, muscle metabolism and adaptability to training regimes.

This specialised functional test is currently available through the Athlete Sanctuary.  For further information send an email  to info@athletesanctuary.com.au or through the contact page on our website https://athletesanctuary.com.au/contact-us/

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