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Shoulder dislocation and your DNA

Posted by Athletigen on Tue, Aug 13, 2019
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Most shoulder dislocations are the result of a contact related injury. However, hypermobile athletes, especially females, have increased risk of experiencing a dislocation, even during exercises that could be considered low risk.

Additionally, your genetics could put you at greater risk as the COL1A1 gene has been linked to shoulder dislocation risk. 

Screen Shot 2019-08-13 at 7.04.22 PMYour ligaments are made up of different types of collagen that give them their unique stiffness and elasticity. COL1A1 plays an important role in collagen development, and therefore, overall ligament strength and integrity.

Certain COL1A1 variants may increase the strength of your ligaments, like those in your shoulder, which may decrease your risk of injuries, tears, and shoulder dislocation.

Find out which variant of the COL1A1 gene you have and get expert advice and recommendations with the Optimum Movement and Recovery report.

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