Genetics of Performance and Injury: Considerations for the Strength and Conditioning Coach

Jon Brazier, Anthony Turner, Mark Antrobus

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Genetic profiling and direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing have seen an exponential growth in the last decade, driven by advancements in knowledge and technology making genetic information far more accessible to the population. Specifically in the sports industry there are claims that the results from these tests can inform training and dietary practises and even identify children’s athletic talents. However, in some cases how this information is being utilised or promoted can be far removed from the evidence base. Due to this it is very important for anyone involved in the sports industry, such as strength and conditioning coaches, sports scientists, coaches, and parents to have a sound grasp of what can and cannot be taken from genetic tests. Thus, the purpose of this article is to provide a brief overview of genetics and heredity, highlight some of the key genetic findings to date regarding athletic performance and injury and then finally to provide context as to how this information can be utilised.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-294
Number of pages8
JournalStrength and Conditioning Journal
Issue number3
Early online date1 Mar 2024
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2024


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