A well-known injury among athletes is a tendon injury. Very often this is due to a overloaded tendon. With our DNA sports test we can see if you have an increased genetic risk of tendon injuries. And if you have an increased risk of injury susceptibility, the right way of training is even more important. The warm-up is essential.
How do tendon injuries occur?
A tendon connects a muscle to a bone. The force and energy of the muscle is transferred to the bone via the tendon. This causes subsequent movement in the joint. One of the best-known tendons is the Achilles tendon and this is also a common injury, which regularly occurs in sports where this tendon is heavily loaded. For example, more than ten percent of runners have problems with the Achilles tendon. In principle, tendon injuries can occur in all tendons that are heavily loaded during sports.
Causes of an overloaded tendon
Tendon injuries are usually caused by overload, poor technique or too little time and rest for the recovery of the tendons. The right structure in a training schedule, exercises to prevent injuries and to strengthen tendons and stability, can prevent a lot of trouble. The warm-up, for warming up the muscles, is also very important.
Increased genetic risk
The risk of tendon injuries is associated with specific variants in genes that influence susceptibility to certain injuries. For people with an increased genetic risk of tendon injuries, it can therefore be even more important to do a good warm-up and train in the right way.
Your genetic profile
With our DNA sport test we can see if your genetic profile is associated with an increased risk of tendon injuries. We do this by looking at three different genes:
- rs1800012 (COL1A1): increases the risk of tendon injuries
- rs143383 (GDF5): reduces the risk of tendon injuries
- rs679620 (MMP3): reduces the risk of tendon injuries
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Based on your genetic profile, we can see:
- What kind of aptitude you have for strength sports
- How is your maximum oxygen uptake?
- What information about your lactate threshold is important
- What type of muscle fibers you have
- What exercise intensity do you have a predisposition for?
- How susceptible you are to tendon injuries
- How fast your body breaks down caffeine
- Whether you gain weight faster if you exercise less
- How is your aptitude with regard to the willingness to exercise