Is the genetically- modified athlete on the way?
Is the genetically-modified athlete on the way?
To become an Olympic champion athletes have always needed dedication and perseverance, as well as natural ability. Nowadays, our understanding of the connection between our genes and sporting performance is growing and this understanding may soon radically transform the way we select and train the athletes of the future.
Firstly, it is known that in many sports genes are as important as hard work. Any athlete with ‘right‘ genes has an advantage over people who don‘t have them, because they allow them to train longer and harder, to recover from exercise more quickly and to produce power more efficiently.
What is more, the importance of the genetic component in sporting ability has many implications for the future.