Monday, October 17, 2011

DNA testing Soccer players?

Just today ESPN released information that an unnamed Premier League Club has DNA tested their players to check them for proneness to injuries. The study was actually conducted by a Yale University School of Medicine professor after researchers studied tendons and common football injuries. The study was aimed at identifying genes that could affect the tendons of the players and the general likelihood of them getting hurt on the pitch.
After identifying more than 100 genetic mutations that could contribute to higher proneness for injury, this opens a whole new set to problems in the sports world. Of course, this can be used to protect players, but at the same time this could turn into an issue of discrimination. Maybe clubs will now want to genetically analyze potential new players before signing them. This is another case that will be interesting to follow, especially once information about the club leading this endeavor is revealed.

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