Competitive sports have always been about pushing the limits of human physical ability and ingenuity, historically providing an excellent proving ground for leading-edge technologies. One current effort to optimize human talent involves determining how to keep players off the disabled list. How? Genetic testing to uncover predispositions to injury, such as muscle strains, ACL tears or concussions, may provide actionable data to athletes that could be applied to their exercise routine and diet, and help athletes anticipate circumstances that would lead to injury and the DL. And while genetic tools to determine predispositions to athletic skill and endurance are already marketed to the public, professional, and even college-level athletes, already pretty sure as to the extent of their abilities, will benefit more from learning about their inherent genetic limitations.
Dov Greenbaum & Mark Gerstein
Unpublished letter in response to:
Tyler Kepner's "The Next Big Idea Major League Teams Seek New Ways to Deconstruct Game"
NY Times, Sports section, March 31, 2012