Genomics of elite sporting performance: what little we know and necessary advances

Yannis Pitsiladis*, Guan Wang, Bernd Wolfarth, Robert Scott, Noriyuki Fuku, Eri Mikami, Zihong He, Carmen Fiuza-Luces, Nir Eynon, Alejandro Lucia

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Numerous reports of genetic associations with performance-related phenotypes have been published over the past three decades but there has been limited progress in discovering and characterising the genetic contribution to elite/world-class performance, mainly owing to few coordinated research efforts involving major funding initiatives/consortia and the use primarily of the candidate gene analysis approach. It is timely that exercise genomics research has moved into a new era utilising well-phenotyped, large cohorts and genomewide technologies-approaches that have begun to elucidate the genetic basis of other complex traits/ diseases. This review summarises the most recent and significant findings from sports genetics and explores future trends and possibilities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)550-555
Number of pages6
JournalBritish Journal of Sports Medicine
Early online date10 May 2013
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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