An English Premier League club whose name was not disclosed conducted DNA tests in order to determine what footballers are more prone to injury.
The decision to carry out tests was taken after innovative work by English scientists linked proneness to the rupture of tendons, the most common football injury, to genes. The influence that certain genes have upon tendon strength was discovered by Professor of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery Nicola Maffulli. His findings showed that that when the collagen gene COL5A1 is mutated, the tendon becomes less stable.
The tests conducted by Dr. Marios Kambouris of Yale University provided an insight into about a hundred genes that affect footballers’ individual response to injuries and physical pressure. And though the results of these tests will potentially help clubs to decrease the risk of injuries, there are some fears that this information will be used to get rid of players susceptible to injuries.
Moreover, the DNA-examination can go to a whole other level. The professor said that if tests were conducted at the early stage and children were weeded out because of their genes, it would be unfair.
So far, just one club carried out such tests but there is a big chance that other sides will follow its example soon.