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.
In mid-January of this year, three Oregon Ducks football players were hospitalized after a series of punishing strength and conditioning workouts. The two offensive linemen and a linebacker experienced symptoms related to exertional rhabdomyolysis (ERM).