If you're a regular reader of this blog, you likely know that DNA has an effect on athletic training and performance, injury prevention and recovery, nutrition, and general wellness. But did you know that studies have shown that genetics also have an effect on sports psychology?
Athletigen's Athletic Report examines seven traits related to sports psychology:
- Motivation to Exercise
- Training Mentality
- Empathy and Stress
- Performance Under Stress
- Error Avoidance and Novelty
- Pain Tolerance
For example, the BDNF gene and an area located between SPATS2L and DNAPTP6 can make exercising a more pleasurable experience by promoting increased dopamine levels and sensitivity in the areas of your brain that relate to motivation. Other variants may have the opposite effect, meaning that you might have to put strategies in place to keep your motivation up.
Or if you have a certain variant of the COMT gene you may have lower dopamine levels, resulting in a higher pain threshold and better focus under pressure. But this could mean you may struggle to keep focused in low-stress situations and your motivation to try new things may be lower than others.
Find out more about the relationship between genetics and sports psychology, and get expert recommendations on what to do next with Athletigen's Athletic Report!