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Sports X Factor is a panel of genetic tests offered by AIBioTech which is used to assess an athletes’ genetic performance characteristics and genetic risk factors. Our main goal with Sports X Factor is to provide an affordable means for athletes to access genetic information for the purpose of making informed decisions about maximizing performance while minimizing risk. Performance genes have been associated in studies with elite athletic performance in track and field, power sports, and endurance sports. In addition, genes relating to injury and recovery are tested to provide an assessment of risk factors that may have otherwise gone unnoticed.
The test relies on the newly developed Reynolds Score to reveal a person's genetic athletic performance characteristics. For instance, one of the eight markers tested, the ACTN3 marker can provide information on what muscle fiber type, fast twitch, slow twitch, or both, an individual has. Individuals with only fast twitch fibers have been associated with elite power/sprinter performance while persons with only slow twitch fibers have been related to endurance athletes. Other genetic markers on the panel are also strongly associated with either sprint/power or endurance performance. The genetic information obtained from the panel is translated into an easily interpretable score so the athlete can readily use this information. Availability of this information will allow you to quickly design or refine training programs to enhance both strengths and weaknesses while maximizing athletic potential.
SAFETY AND PREVENTION
Early identification of risk factors can maximize an athlete's performance by identifying potential hazards. Genetic risk factors identify genetic markers that may increase the chance of an injury to an individual or prolong recovery time after a concussion, or identify an increased risk of developing health conditions, such as an undiagnosed heart condition. Tests for risk factors include genetic risks for Acquired arrhythmia, Hemochromatosis, soft tissue injury and Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM), a condition in which structural abnormalities may be present in the heart. HCM is the number one cause of sudden unexpected cardiac death in young athletes. Also now detectable is the gene for concussion recovery, which is involved in the inflammatory response of the brain after a concussion. Athletes with this maker may take longer to recover from a concussion but the marker is not predictive of concussion nor can it precisely predict how long someone may take to recover.
Sports X Factor has teamed up with Adrenaline Sports USA to create tailor-made workout regimens for athletes based on the results of their test. Find out more at
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