Welcome Back!

User Name
Password
Not Registered?

Tell us a little about yourself.

My child’s birthday is (for newsletter customization):

Enter an email address:

This is where your newsletters will be delivered to and where GreatDad.com will contact you with your new account information.

father's forum

A place to discuss, learn and share ideas, thoughts and solutions.
Latest Posts

How Fathers can help in Br...
Posts: 1 Views: 27

Hi everyone
Posts: 1 Views: 383

Gifts for Father's Da...
Posts: 18 Views: 1586

Which camera to choose?
Posts: 1 Views: 768

SEEKING FUN-FRESH CONTESTA...
Posts: 1 Views: 803

hi mom!

Would you like to share this site with your husband or a friend?

Just enter his email address and your name below and we'll let him know all about GreatDad.com.

His email address
Your Name

Testing your kid’s DNA for sports ability?

Author James Dunsford
Submitted 18-12-2008

It is the stuff of science fiction films: a genetic test which can give moms and dads a bit of parenting advice about which sport their child is best suited for.

But a product is currently on the market which promises just that. For $149, parents can purchase a saliva test that assesses a child’s ACTN3 gene from Atlas Sports Genetics.

The test is being promoted as a way for fathers and mothers of kids aged 1 to 8 to identify athletic talent early on, when it may otherwise be difficult to do so, and focus their parenting skills on encouraging them in a particular direction.

The idea for this type of genetic testing springs from a 2003 study, which found that people who possess the R variant of the ACTN3 gene tended to do well in speed and power sports.

Those who possess two R variants were more likely to be gifted in these activities, while subjects with two X variants tended toward endurance sports – although this was not such a strong connection.

Although some parents and sports experts are excited about the potential to train talented athletes from a young age, others have reservations, pointing out that environmental factors, hard work, desire and even luck are elements that combine to produce the nation’s sports stars.
ADNFCR-1662-ID-18935719-ADNFCR