Genetic Athlete Test

The genetic athlete report looks at genes that influence athletic performance. The genetic athlete test would suit any elite athletes or competitive sports players. Even if you are not training at this level but want to understand how you can personalise and maximise your benefits from exercise, then this report would assist with that.

Genetic Athlete Test

The genetic athlete report looks at genes that influence athletic performance. The genetic athlete test would suit any elite athletes or competitive sports players. Even if you are not training at this level but want to understand how you can personalise and maximise your benefits from exercise, then this report would assist with that.

What is a personalised approach to fitness ?

In this report, we highlight aspects of your unique DNA profile that influence athletic performance. It is widely recognised that athletic performance can be influenced by our genetics and environmental factors.

The report is broken down into three categories to maximise your performance:

Training – This really looks at how to maximise cardiac output, fuel that the body prioritises and finally a look at the muscular-skeletal system and how that effect’s structure.

Recovery – Looking at inflammatory markers and those influencing oxidative stress and sleep, means you can build resilience around your training that both reduces injuries and illnesses.

Performance – Looking at how the body balances stressors and stimulators to get the most from your exercise.

Whether you are an elite athlete or just looking to maximise your workout routine, then this test will highlight areas to focus on.

What does the Genetic Athlete Test do?

Having the information from the genetic athletic test means that you can personalise your training to maximise results in your chosen field.

The Genetic Athletes Test looks at your DNA to find tiny differences called SNPs, which can affect your athletic performance. Breaking this down into the categories mentioned above:

Training

This area really focuses on the ability to optimise your training programme by looking at how your cardiovascular system operates. Exercise places a greater demand on the body, which the body is designed to adapt to, but understanding how your body uniquely adapts will maximise performance.

The cardiac output is governed by heart rate and stroke volume. This increases during exercise and is responsible for providing the oxygen and nutrients on the body and removing the waste products. Blood pressure plays into performance and how much pressure on the artery walls.  Knowing how your genetic makeup in this area means you can adapt your diet to maximise performance.

The body gets fuel through carbohydrates, fats or proteins and there are three systems that generate energy; phosphocreatine, glycolysis and aerobically. Phosphocreatine is the synthesis of creatine and this is methylation dependent, the utilisation of this energy is quick and therefore favours activities, such as sprinting and weight lifting. In addition to look at creatine synthesis, it is also important to understand fat adaption that can quickly improve endurance ability. Simple dietary changes can support these cycles.

Structurally looking at the components of the muscular skeletal system including the muscles, bones and connective tissue can really influence performance. In skeletal muscles, understanding the breakdown of fast and slow twitch fibres and where genetically you have a big proportion. Although these can’t be changed, there are factors that can encourage them to grow larger, thus optimising your training and performance. Understanding more around bone and connective tissue means nutrients can be added in to support the health and strength in these areas.

Recovery

Exercise can be a stress on the body and thus the recovery period is essential, especially at the elite level. The genes targeted in this area really look at how the body handles inflammation, oxidative stress and factors that influence sleep. Looking at markers that see if the body over-produces inflammatory markers or a greater expression of  anti-inflammatory markers, will directly influence recovery time and training schedules. Oxidative stress has a similar role and looking at how that is balanced with antioxidant uptake. Both of areas can be directly managed by nutrient and dietary changes.

Sleep directly influences our overall health and understanding if you perform better in the morning or night can mean training schedules can be personalised so that you gain maximum benefit.

Performance

Understanding factors that may influence the gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms are imperative to understand as they can really hinder performance on match or race days. Understanding if you have genetic variances to gluten or dairy can cause GI symptoms that can hinder performance.

Serotonin is known as the natural mood booster but also plays a role in nervousness and anxiety. Understanding your genetic predisposition means you can look to boost if needed to manage big day nerves.

Caffeine is often used in sports drinks to maximise performance but understanding how your body metabolises caffeine, means this can be personalised to your needs.

 

Who would benefit most from the Genetic Athlete  Test?

The genetic athlete test would suit any elite athletes or competitive sports players. Even if you are not training at this level but want to understand how you can personalise and maximise your benefits from exercise, then this report would assist with that.

 

What is being measured in the Genetic Athlete Test

The genetic athlete test assesses genes associated with eight sub-cycles:

Balance: HTR2A, LCT, HLA-DQA1
Cardio: ACE, AGT, BDKRB2, NOS3, VEGFA
Fuel: MTHFR, MTRR, ADRB2, AMPD1, PGC1A, PPARA
Inflammation: IL6, TNF
Motivate: ADRB2, ADORA2A, CYP1A2
Oxidative Stress: GSS, NOS3, SOD2
Sleep: CLOCK, PER1
Structure: ACTN3, COL1A1, VDR, VKORC1

What do I get with the Genetic Athlete test results?

  1. Clearly illustrated and customized, color-coded genotype information .
  2. Descriptions elaborating on your gene functionality and the effects of SNP (Single Nucleotide Polymorphism).
  3. Clinically significant SNPs.
  4. Insights into nutrient and other epigenetic influences.
  5. A fully referenced report with links to research evidence.

What if I need help with the results of the Genetic Athlete test?

We have a team of functional medicine practitioners and registered nutritional therapists that we can refer you to help you with your results should you need any additional support. This is not included in the cost of the test.

What happens to my DNA after the Genetic Athlete test?

Each test is processed in an ISO certified UK laboratory and all samples are completely destroyed after 3 months. All client genotyping data is marked for destruction after 5 months and completely destroyed by 6 months.

Please see the ISO Certifications below:

  • Certification to ISO 9001 for business processes;
  • Certification to ISO 13485 for the manufacturing of substances that support health care processes and systems;
  • Accreditation to ISO 17025, for laboratory testing and calibration services;
  • Compliance with Good Laboratory Practice (GLP), Good Clinical Practice (GCP), Good Distribution Practice (GDP) and current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) for pharmaceutical studies and pharmaceutical related processes;
  • Accreditation to ISO 17043 for the operation and management of proficiency testing schemes;
  • Accreditation to ISO 17034 for reference material production facilities.

The client DNA sample , report or data is never (and will never be) shared with, or sold to third parties. All of the data extraction and analysis is done in the UK.

At Smart Nutrition we pride ourselves in offering the best cost possible for the Genetic Athletic test.

 

Having the information from the genetic athletic test means that you can personalise your training to maximise results in your chosen field.

This is broken down into three categories:

Train – This really looks at how to maximise cardiac output, fuel that the body prioritises and finally a look at the muscular-skeletal system and how that effect’s structure.

Recover – Looking at inflammatory markers and those influencing oxidative stress and sleep, means you can build resilience around your training that both reduces injuries and illnesses.

Perform – Looking at how the body balances stressors and stimulators to get the most from your exercise.

The genetic athlete test measures the following genes:

Balance: HTR2A, LCT, HLA-DQA1
Cardio: ACE, AGT, BDKRB2, NOS3, VEGFA
Fuel: MTHFR, MTRR, ADRB2, AMPD1, PGC1A, PPARA
Inflammation: IL6, TNF
Motivate: ADRB2, ADORA2A, CYP1A2
Oxidative Stress: GSS, NOS3, SOD2
Sleep: CLOCK, PER1
Structure: ACTN3, COL1A1, VDR, VKORC1

Buccal cheek swab.

Collecting your samples for the genetic athlete test is simple, it is a non invasive cheek swab and is suitable for all ages as long as a cheek swab can be collected.

You need to have a break from eating and drinking at least one hour before doing the genetic athlete test.

The genetic athlete test is available for anyone, including children, with the consent of a parent or guardian. When testing a child under 18, parental consent is required.

UK Orders

All UK orders for the genetic athlete test include return packaging and postage for return within the UK. The package can be put in a standard post box.
It can also be sent tracked or special delivery via a post office, the fee for this is not included.

Non UK Orders

The DNA test kit is declared as a value of £4 for customs purposes. The package may be subject to customs/ import duties, for which the recipient is liable and responsible to settle.
If kits are returned due to you not accepting fees or delivery, we are sorry but the order is not refundable.International orders return packaging is provided but it is NOT prepaid. You will need to arrange and pay for the return. For returns from Europe we recommend a tracked postal service. As samples are stable it is not necessary to choose an express service.
For Non UK orders please contact [email protected] if your country is not available at the checkout.

Results for the genetic athlete test are available in 2.5 weeks.

Your genetic athlete test results will be emailed to you.

We are here to offer ongoing support as you progress through your health journey, regardless of your test results. Should you have any inquiries or require additional assistance we are happy to help you.

Your next steps

If you feel you need additional support in addressing your health concerns, we suggest considering collaboration with the Functional Medicine and Nutrition Consultations Clinic. (website coming soon)

Renowned for their expertise, the Functional Medicine and Nutrition Consultations Clinic comprises a team of experienced nutritional therapists and certified functional medicine practitioners who excel in addressing complex health issues.Working with genetic test results needs specialised training. Chosen carefully both Olga Hamilton and Karen Preece Smith have completed their nutrigenomics training and are ready to help you.

More information about the team of qualified functional medicine and registered Nutritional therapy practitioners that are ready to help you.

Karen Preece Smith 

Methylation and Nutrition Function Medicine:
Karen has worked with nutrigenomics since 2019. She has undertaken further training with leading UK genetic lab, Lifecode Gx, to become one of their recognised Nutrigenomic practitioners. She understands Methylation genes well and can simplify their findings in relation to your CFS, digestive or hormonal issues as well as those issues which affect mental health and neurodiversity.
Olga Hamilton
Olga has been using DNA/genetics testing in her practice since 2015 to help her build personalised wellbeing and anti-ageing programmes. Genetic testing tells us how and where you are different from all other people, not just disease risks and predispositions, but also helps us tailor your diet and micronutrients. It is extremely helpful in personalising your diet and helps in prevention of genetic disorders.

As you can see Olga and Karen can help you address areas highlighted by your genetic athlete test results, crafting a personalised plan tailored to your specific needs. This comprehensive approach would include recommendations regarding your Genetic athlete test results and any necessary further diagnostic testing depending on your goals, supplementation, dietary adjustments, and lifestyle recommendations, all presented with clear, easy-to-follow guidance.

How to Book your appointment

We will send you details of how to book with the clinic along with your results.

How much will it cost.

£150 an hour but you will also receive a £20 off your first appointment discount code with the results.

How many sessions will I need to understand my genetic athlete test result

Many people book a 1 hour session to go over and understand their results.And lots of people want further ongoing support as they want to address their health concerns in more details.

Which lab do you use to process the genetic athlete test results?

We use lifecodeGX for our genetic athlete test.

 

Is the laboratory processing my genetic methylation results accredited and reputable?

Each test is processed in an ISO certified UK laboratory and all samples are completely destroyed after 3 months. All client genotyping data is marked for destruction after 5 months and completely destroyed by 6 months.

Please see the ISO Certifications below:

  • Certification to ISO 9001 for business processes;
  • Certification to ISO 13485 for the manufacturing of substances that support health care processes and systems;
  • Accreditation to ISO 17025, for laboratory testing and calibration services;
  • Compliance with Good Laboratory Practice (GLP), Good Clinical Practice (GCP), Good Distribution Practice (GDP) and current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) for pharmaceutical studies and pharmaceutical related processes;
  • Accreditation to ISO 17043 for the operation and management of proficiency testing schemes;
  • Accreditation to ISO 17034 for reference material production facilities.

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