The Genetics of Being Injury Prone

Most of us can think of someone who cannot play sports for very long without getting injured. For basketball fans Derrick Rose may come to mind.

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Derrick Rose recently underwent knee surgery to repair his right meniscus. Rose is 26 years old in his sixth NBA season, but this is his third season in a row cut short by a knee injury.

It’s long been said that injuries are “just a part of the game.” However, the question remains: What is it about these athletes that cause their bones, tendons, etc. to tear more easily than others? Bad luck? Poor preparation?

A growing body of research is suggesting that genetics may be to blame.

This information has the potential for injury prevention for athletes at every level – from pros to amateurs. In 2012, for instance, nearly two million adults went to the emergency room for sports-related injuries, many acquired while playing pickup games in recreation leagues.

The Atlantic wrote an article titled “The Genetics of Being Injury Prone” that has received a lot of shares on social media. To learn more information on the subject, read the article here.