Genetics & Endurance Athletes

You were born with it! The topic of genetics seems to have hit the sporting market quite hard in recent times, and with the ever increasing interest in fine-tuning ourselves, we can often be tempted to look into relying on genetic testing for answers, and its only natural to do so (excuse the pun). Our subject matter experts will dissect what evidence there is to support the commercial genetic tests that are currently available and equip you with skills that you can easily implement into your training as well knowledge to inform your decisions in your quest to be a better performing athlete.   As a result, these Skillboosters will enable you to understand the   purpose behind genetic testing, its reliability, and the impact it may have on predicting injury risk or diet preferences.   

Malcolm Collins

Malcolm Collins (PhD, FECSS)
Malcolm Collins (PhD, FECSS) is a Professor within the Department of Human Biology at the University of Cape Town (UCT). His doctoral and post-doctoral work, at UCT and the University of Washington in Seattle, respectively, in extracellular matrix biology stimulated his current research focus on elucidating the molecular mechanisms causing common exercise-associated tendon and ligament injuries. He has developed a very productive internationally recognized research team which has published over 150 papers and book chapters. He has a B1 NRF rating, is a Fellow of the European College of Sport Science, a Member of the Academy of Science of South Africa and Fellow of the University of Cape Town.

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Alison V. September

Alison V. September is a Professor in the Department of Human Biology and is Head of the Division of Physiological Sciences. She is a B2 rated NRF researcher whose research focuses on applying genetic tools to explore why some individuals are more prone to injuries affecting there ligaments and tendons; and why some are more prone to a long recovery from a concussive event. She is an educator who is passionate about Genetics and Biology.

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