Testing for sports genes?

Katherine - posted on 05/29/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/g...

In an era of helicopter parents eager to exploit every competitive edge for their children, at least two companies have begun selling tests that claim to help match youngsters with the sports they are genetically programmed to play best.

The DNA scans, the first of an expected wave of attempts to use genes to enhance athletic performance, can steer children toward games they are most likely to win — and perhaps get scholarships to play, the companies say. The tests also let children — and adults — tailor workouts to their innate skills, the firms say, as well as spot those prone to life-threatening heart problems, concussions and other injuries.





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Oh DEAR GOD, do we NEED more competition? Are you serious? Why not build a robot instead?
This is almost as bad as human cloning IMO.

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Oh dear Lord! So does this mean that I should make arrangements for the 2022 Olympics now for my kid?!

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I wouldn't think that a DNA test could be any help in determining what sport you are good at it - there are too many factors. I reckon it's a scam. On the other hand, there are people who can look at your child, say at aged 5, and help you work out what sport they might be best at by doing a battery of tests on their muscle types, their personality etc etc. That would be far more sensible than a DNA test.

I probably wouldn't actually do a test like that for my kids, but I can see the point of it - someone might spend years taking little Josh or Sophie to soccer training, where they are quite ordinary, but wow - if they had tried swimming or rock climbing or archery they could have been exceptional! It doesn't mean you're a pushy parent, it would just help you find something your kid could be good at.

Sneaky - posted on 05/29/2011

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I do NOT like the idea. sigh. Isn't it hard enough to live up to exceptions (your own, your parents, your friends) without a stupid piece of paper telling you that that you should be great at cricket when you Fing hate it? What if you love football (Not soccer, the tackling kind) but a piece of paper says you might be prone to concussions and you should never play it?

It isn't all about genetics - environment plays a role too and if your family are baseball fanatics and your test says that you will better at ballet . . .well, F that!

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