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Injury risks and your DNA

Posted by Athletigen on Wed, Jun 10, 2020
Screen Shot 2019-04-11 at 8.54.07 PMInjury prevention is multi-factorial and normally involves following your coach's recommendations and general guidelines to the best of your ability. Your genetic data gives you the opportunity to manage your time more effectively and focus on preventative measures for injuries you're more at risk for.

Discover where you can focus your energy – whether that's perfecting your technique and recovery to avoid injuries or prioritizing other aspects of your training. Understanding your DNA can help you to balance risk versus reward and optimize your training and lifestyle to account for your body's unique needs.

icn_athletigen-optimizeMovement-reportAthletigen's Optimum Movement and Recovery Report — developed in collaboration with Dr. Kelly Starrett and the experts at The Ready State — delivers insights into 11 genetic traits related to injury risks:

  • Tendon Injury
  • Ligament Injury
  • Tendon and Ligament Injury Risk
  • Hamstring Injury Risk
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Disc Degeneration
  • Fracture Risk and Bone Mineral Density
  • Osteoarthritis Risk
  • Age-Related Strength Loss
  • Rhabdomyolysis
  • Muscle Cramping

Let's use Tendon Injury as an example. There are two genes that affect your risks of tendon injury. 

The MMP3 gene is an important factor in keeping your tendons healthy and influencing their growth and repair. Certain variants of this gene are associated with an increased risk of Achilles ‘tendinopathy’, that is, inflammation, pain, and decreased function. This gene may influence tendon injury through a reduced ability to heal and repair following strenuous exercise or trauma.

COL5A1 is involved in the development of type 5 collagen, a key component in the proper development and function of tendons. Variants of this gene may alter how connective tissue responds to mechanical stress and repetitive use.

Depending on your variants of each gene, your Optimum Movement and Recovery Report will give you recommendations on what you can do to help prevent tendon injuries. It also features a video series with Athletigen CEO Dr. Jeremy Koenig and Dr. Starrett.

Get your report today and find out how your DNA affects your injury risks!

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