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Rhabdomyolysis and your DNA

Posted by Athletigen on Wed, Jul 03, 2019
icn_athletigen-optimizeMovement-reportRhabdomyolysis, also known as "Uncle Rhabdo" in the CrossFit community, is a hazard for those that may get a little over competitive at the gym. This debilitating condition can occur when you are pushing your body to the absolute limits. But did you know that DNA may render some more susceptible to rhabdomyolysis than others?

Rhabdomyolysis occurs when excessive muscle damage causes the membranes of muscle cells to burst, releasing their contents into the bloodstream. Affected muscles will become extremely sore and inflamed immediately after working out. While the condition is easily treatable, it is serious and warrants immediate medical attention.

Screen Shot 2019-07-03 at 8.04.14 PMAthletigen reports on four genes linked to rhabdomyolysis, allowing you to gauge your predisposition to this painful condition. If you are planning any extreme and physically-demanding activity, knowing your risk may help you compensate by implementing hydration and specific work-rest strategies in your workouts.

Learn more with the Optimum Movement and Recovery DNA report, a product developed with Dr. Kelly Starrett and the movement experts at MobilityWOD.

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