Journal article

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing for predicting sports performance and talent identification: Consensus statement

Nick Webborn, Alun Williams, Mike McNamee, Claude Bouchard, Yannis Pitsiladis, Ildus Ahmetov, Euan Ashley, Nuala Byrne, Silvia Camporesi, Malcolm Collins, Paul Dijkstra, Nir Eynon, Noriyuki Fuku, Fleur C Garton, Nils Hoppe, Soren Holm, Jane Kaye, Vassilis Klissouras, Alejandro Lucia, Kamiel Maase Show all

British Journal of Sports Medicine | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2015

Abstract

The general consensus among sport and exercise genetics researchers is that genetic tests have no role to play in talent identification or the individualised prescription of training to maximise performance. Despite the lack of evidence, recent years have witnessed the rise of an emerging market of direct-to-consumer marketing (DTC) tests that claim to be able to identify children's athletic talents. Targeted consumers include mainly coaches and parents. There is concern among the scientific community that the current level of knowledge is being misrepresented for commercial purposes. There remains a lack of universally accepted guidelines and legislation for DTC testing in relation to all f..

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