Genetic testing is not a new concept for many people. From predicting disease risk to determining whether a person is a carrier of a specific gene, genetic testing is an important part of healthcare. More and more, though, genetic testing is also being used for other things.
Dr. Beth Tarini, a pediatrician at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, recently published a commentary in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) about some of the issues surrounding genetic testing to predict athletic performance in children.
What are these tests, and what is Dr. Tarini’s message to parents considering this type of genetic test for their child? Watch the video below to find out!
Dr. Tarini and her colleagues encourage parents to remember that there is no single predictor for whether a child is destined to be an Olympian, and youth sports offer many benefits to children at all levels of athletic talent.
- Genetic Testing and Youth Sports article in JAMA, March 2011
- An article on the benefits of organized sports for children from the American Academy of Pediatrics
- Learn more about research from the Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit at Mott Children’s Hospital
Have you ever considered genetic tests like the ones Dr. Tarini’s research evaluated? We’d love to hear your questions and thoughts!