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Genetic Testing For Athletic Ability

Would You Want to Know If Your Tot Could Be a Sports Star?

Before taking a seat in the bleachers for your lil one's next sporting event, would you want to know if he had a shot at going to college on an athletic scholarship? For all of the time, money, and energy parents put into their tots' athletic activities, some might like to know that it will pay off in the long run. A Boulder, CO, company, Atlas Genetics, is hoping to help parents identify future athletic superstars at an early age. With a simple swab of saliva, the company can test for the presence of a variant of ACTN3, a gene that blocks the expression of a protein present in a high percentage of top athletes. While the test is not the only factor that experts would use to evaluate athletes, it is accurate enough to determine athletic tendencies and may spare parents thousands of dollars on trainers and personal coaches if their tykes are not destined for sports superstardom.

Would you want to know if your child might be the next Kobe Bryant?

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Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
27% said yes... shame on you 27%! If your kid came back as genetically non-athletic, would you seriously discourage him/her from playing sports? That is some terrible parenting, in my opinion. I'd also like to mention, not everyone can be Kobe Bryant. "Sweetie, instead of saving for your college education, I'm going to spend thousands of dollars on personal coaches and sports equipment, so you better be famous." Seriously? Do parents hire personal coaches for their kids? Don't they still have little league sports? I think the athletic programs most schools/communities have are well structured; genetic testing and personal coaches seem ridiculous to me.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 7 years
I wouldn't want to know. If I found out that my daughter had exceptional athletic talent, and she chose not to use it, I'd be disappointed. I know I would! I'd much rather see her realize her own potential on her own terms.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 7 years
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
Not even remotely.
lickety-split lickety-split 7 years
No. Just because they could doesn't mean they would want to partcipate. Two of my daughters have "exceptional talent". Neither are particiating in that sport anymore, their choice, and and almost constant source of friction between me and their dad. Sports are for fun. You can't make someone an elite athlete. They either want it or they don't.
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