Can a test determine if you will be a future star athlete?
POSTED: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 4:52pm
UPDATED: Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 3:12pm
Tyler, TX (KETK) — Star athletes seem to have a natural gift for performing. Now, new studies have found it may be in their genes. So what if you could take a test that determines which sport you, or your child, are best at?
KETK spoke with Lee Matthew Jones M.D. from Azalea Orthopedics, who said, "You know we can predict whether they've got really quick muscle twitches or whether they've got real endurance muscle twitches, or somewhere in between". Research conducted by "Genomic Express" in Kansas, has found a gene called ACTN3, with direct links to athletic ability.
Athletes that have quick-twitch muscles and bursts of speed, like those of track runners, have a "double R" gene, while athletes that have a "double X" gene are better for endurance. Dr. Jones said, "Those that are good sprinters are better at playing split receiver in football, and then those that really do well with long distance running, are great at cross country, for example" . However many believe athletes should focus on the love of the game.