England’s World Cup squad could have a secret advantage this summer after players had their DNA tested to find out who is more injury prone and work out their diet deficiencies.
DNA Testing Could Help England Bring back the World Cup
The DNA tests looked at 45 genes which determine power, endurance and likelihood of injury – and allow for tailor-made training programmes to be created.
Scientists carried out tests on players from two Premier League teams and a leading European club to discover the best training methods for individual footballers and who is most likely to get hurt.
Some of the players in the unnamed teams are tipped to compete in Brazil and have had their careers blighted by injury in the past.
The new research looked at 45 genes which determine players’ power, endurance and likelihood of injury.
They were also DNA tested for deficiencies in their diet, so the players could identify a lack of a particular vitamin or mineral in their body and tailor their diet accordingly to increase the intake of the missing component. This has showed in the past to increase stamina and overall wellbeing.
The results, revealed in DNA testing collection swabs taken from players’ mouths, also give an indication of whose muscles have less resistance to inflammation.
It means coaches can protect players with more physio and massage to avoid common injuries such as hamstring and groin strains.
New DNA testing technology could help lead England to World cup victory this summer in Brazil.
The genes looked at determine muscle capacity and inflammation, blood flow and protein processes which are all important in the training, recovery and injury process.
The DNA testing allows the coaches to design tailor-made training programmes for the World cup football players.
For instance the DNA tested players’ genes may reveal shorter recovery times from injury or one area of weakness which can then be addressed by focusing their training around this area to make stronger.
One recent injury was when Theo Walcott was ruled out for this summer’s World Cup in Brazil after suffering serious knee ligament damage.