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nathan chong 05-04-2010 01:47 PM

A dad ponders ACTN3 gene testing
Hey all, Thought this might article might spark some interesting discussion:
(nsfw 'cos of some language)

Disclosure up front: I'm a long time lurker and NewsTilt.com is my fledgling website; and Karl Greenfeld is the journalist/dad behind the article. I've been waiting for an article which might interest this forum for some time..!

Steven Low 05-04-2010 04:17 PM

Interesting stuff.

On the one hand I think it's good to know if you have elite potential... but even still the athlete has to have the mentality and the commitment.

If they have neither or even only one of the last two then there's almost no way you can be elite if that's the case.

It would be nice to know as a parent, but it's really up to the kids whether they want it or not. I'm obviously on the side that wouldn't force them to do as such...

Joe Hart 05-04-2010 05:04 PM

Yeah look at Marajaunavich.

nathan chong 05-05-2010 04:34 AM

Hey Steven, I'm glad you found it an interesting link. I think it comes down to whether knowing that you have elite potential is a blessing or a burden(or, perhaps more likely, both).

It sounds like you agree with Karl and his decision not to tell Lola about her dynamite genes.

Geoffrey Thompson 05-05-2010 04:36 AM

Looks like she'll never be a good marathon runner, though.

nathan chong 05-05-2010 04:37 AM

Ross Enamait had an interesting rant about this subject way back in 2008:

It's interesting that this has become a commercial reality for parents now. Bioengineering is a field we're all going to have to know more about in the near future!

Steve Shafley 05-05-2010 07:01 AM

A fool and his money are soon parted.

Gant Grimes 05-05-2010 08:35 AM

I liked the article. I even reposted the damn thing on FB. I suppose it was just a matter of time. This gives parents an excuse to be even more obnoxious. Either that or pull their kids out of sports early. Me, I don't know or care what my kids have.

Sports can teach a kid a lot of valuable life lessons. These lessons are usually lost on those who don't play sports or play them really really well.

Geoffrey Thompson 05-05-2010 10:04 AM

Yeah, kids should just play sports. In my home town, there was a kid (not my age) who dominated in basketball in middle school, then high school (he was also quarterback, was named the state's best football and basketball player), then dominated at the local university in basketball, then went to the NBA. Didn't dominate, but did decent. Now he's back in town as the head coach of the university basketball team. That's what elite looks like. It was pretty obvious that the kid was awesome from the beginning. You don't need a genetic test to tell you about that potential. It also doesn't mean that everybody else on the middle school team should quit. Or even care. They liked playing basketball. I think it's pretty obvious that most of us don't have elite genetics and that doesn't mean we should stop trying to do the best we can with what we've got.

Okay, one exception is if both of your parents are 5 ft tall. You probably won't get far in basketball or have much fun (or playing time) once everybody else gets a growth spurt.

Darryl Shaw 05-06-2010 07:33 AM

Interesting article.

I remember seeing an interview on tv with one of the coaches of an Olympic team (think he was an Aussie) a while back where they asked him about testing childrens genes for athletic potential. This isn't verbatim but his reply went along the lines of ".... you don't need to do fancy tests on kids to find potential elite athletes, you just line a bunch of 'em up and shout "first one to that tree gets a chocky bar!". The one that wins the chocolate is the one with the most potential.......or the hungriest.....which is the same thing really."

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