How does your DNA compare to the world’s greatest athletes?
Summer is drawing to an end, which means only one thing: sports! Baseball is wrapping up, and fans will get to see elite athletes go head-to-head in football, hockey, wrestling, and basketball for the next few months. Each sport demands an incredible amount of skill and training. While watching these athletes perform heroic feats of athleticism, you may find yourself wondering: is it in their genes?
Of course, the touchdowns, the Granby rolls, the three pointers, and the hat tricks would never have been possible without the right training. But beyond training alone, there is also some evidence to suggest that genetics can play a role in athletic performance. Wouldn’t it be interesting to see how your own genes stack up to some of the world’s best athletes?
StartLine by DNAFit is an entertaining way to see how your genes and physical traits compare to over 8,000 athletes across a variety of disciplines, including track and field events, soccer, hockey, tennis, and more. Are you in the average height range among elite weightlifters? How does your PPARG gene compare? StartLine will help you find out!
It’s important to remember that StartLine is just for fun—there are many factors that go into your success as an athlete, and simply having certain gene variants doesn’t mean you’ll be ready to take on the greats next season. (Likewise, having certain variants doesn’t mean you won’t be ready, either!) But you’ll definitely learn a thing or two, and you’ll have a good time doing it.
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