DNA-matched training causes 3-times better performance for athletes

A vial containing a few droplets of water -- and one million copies of an old movie encoded onto DNA -- is displayed during a media tour at Technicolor. AFP

A new study conducted at the University of Central Lancashire suggests that athletes using DNA-matched training are expected to perform three times better than the ones without such programs.

Scientists reviewed the performance of 28 young athletes and 39 young male football players during 8-weeks.

Using the DNA-Fit test, researchers gave half of the participants training according to their individual genetic analysis. The other half were trained regardless of their genetic analysis.

None of the two groups knew which type they were being given. After 8 weeks, the DNA-matched group saw an improvement of 7.4 percent in their counter movement jump test whereas the other group had an improvement of 2.6 percent.

DNA-Fit monitors gene variants linked to the body’s response to training and nutrition. Then it presents the athletes with a detailed report based on their swab test results.

The technology uses computer algorithms to find out the best training for the body according to the person’s genetics. As its developers say, the test can also be used by an average gym-goer.


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