Some people are simply more prone to injuries than others. It’s all in their genes.
An article published in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine emphasized the role of genetics in sports injuries. Such information could prove vital to athletes in mitigating sports injuries, according to article co-author and genetics professor Stuart Kim.
As a matter of fact, the idea isn’t as farfetched as it looks. Since 2010, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has been screening athletes for sickle cells, red blood cells shaped like sickles that block blood flow and deny parts of the body of important nutrients. Previous studies were also able to trace the likelihood of injuries to specific genes like the collagen-producing COL1A1 and COL5A1.
Confound That Collagen
Everything that the body does is determined by genetics. Collagen, for instance, is imperative for building strong tendons and ligaments, which are often ground zero for sports injuries. The exact science would require a more thorough discussion, but studies have shown that changes in collagen’s structure can affect the body’s ability to mend its injuries.
On the bright side, in the event that an athlete is found to have sickle cells, this isn’t grounds to disqualify him from entering into competitions. He would, however, do well to take extra care. Athletes with sickle cell traits are advised against overexertion to prevent red blood cells from changing into sickles. You don’t even need the NCAA to tell you about this; sickle cell screening occurs at birth in all 50 states.
Denver sports medicine clinics, like Steadman Hawkins Clinic Denver, know well enough that a number of athletes are predisposed to this condition. As genetic variations generally stay with you for life, the next best thing for you is to build up your endurance via reconstruction and physical therapy. It won’t solve the problem but will make it harder for the problem to recur.
Having treated professional athletes for years, Denver orthopedics experts are worthy of your trust. They consider surgery as a last resort, instead relying on minimally-invasive treatments to promote recovery and reduce collateral damage. From the simplest sprain to the more common ACL injury, there’s a recovery plan for a specific case.
Genetic predisposition shouldn’t be a hindrance to your career in sports. It only means that you should take care of your body more, especially by avoiding training too hard.
(Source: “The Genetics of Being Injury-Prone,” The Atlantic, February 20, 2015)