An individual’s DNA plays a role in everything from their eye color to how their body processes vitamins. Over the past couple of years, some genetic markers have been identified and linked to susceptibilities to various injury. As athletes put their bodies on the line each time they step onto the track, court or field, access to this genetic information is an asset for both athletes and coaches during training and competition.
If you’re like most athletes, one of your main concerns is preventing injury. A tendon rupture is the bear-attack of athletic injuries. You don’t know if or when it’s coming, there were probably some steps you could have taken to avoid it, and if the bear sneaks up on you there’s a chance you won’t be able to avoid it.
Jordy Nelson, a Super Bowl winning wide-receiver with the Green Bay Packers will miss the entire 2015 season with a torn ACL. There was no contact on the play, which occurred during the second pre-season game of the year for the Packers. Pre-season competition is a valuable way of mentally, physically, and tactically preparing for an upcoming season. With any exposure to high-intensity competition comes the risk of injury. In the NFL, pre-season injuries like Nelson’s are common. Of the injuries sustained, ACL tears are one of the most common. 132 ACL tears have occurred since 2013: 25 of them occurring this year, and 10 occurring during pre-season play (1).