Injury coding - How to use self genetic testing to make exercise less painful!

"I do all of the right come I am injured again?"

It's amazing to recount the frequency in which I have heard the above statement over my professional career. Whilst not always the case the person expressing this sentiment while laid up on the treatment plinth is generally telling the truth. They are doing the exercises that are prescribed to them, taking the recommended periods of rest between sessions of activity and doing the little things that should keep them out on the field. For some reason though they still end looking for advice of how to stop this from happening again. The problem with this scenario is that even though they are doing all of the "right things", those things may not be right for them.

Injury Coding

It has been long established that genetics play an integral role in athletic performance however it is becoming more apparent that they also are an important risk factor for injury across all levels of activity. This would explain why that the same injury management protocol developed for 2 very similar individuals can produce severely different outcomes even when it is performed in the same way. Certain genetic codes just like in video games affect the outcome of your game and as such even with years of physical practice & preparation you may be hardwired to lose. This is unless you can gain access to these sequences that explain your physical controller. With the advent of self genetic testing kits the capacity to screen for these special injury codes is easier than ever. All you have to know is what to look for (It is important to ask the testing company if they identify the specific sequences you are looking for). By doing this you can make sure you are providing the right information to your health consultant so that your programs can be more successful in the long term. Here is a breakdown of codes that I take into account when developing specialised programs and a short explanation of how each may effect your specific situation:


AMPD1- Deficiency is a common cause of exercise induced muscle breakdown. People that have a variance should have longer periods of rest between training sessions and will experience a greater perception in pain after activity.

GDF5 - Encodes the growth factor that influences the growth and maintenance of bones, muscles and tendons. Those expressing a "T" variance have been shown to have a greater association with Osteoarthritis and can be susceptible to a higher prevalence of lower limb injuries. With this variant prehab and joint protection programs should be more prevalent as to improve longevity and reduce injury reoccurrence.

COL5A1 - A gene protein which is involved in the formation of the connective tissue in the musculoskeletal system. Again a T variant of this has been correlated with an increased chance of soft tissue injury. Due to this soft tissue rehabilitation protocols (Muscle strain, Tendon tears) should be more conservative with a slightly longer recovery time incorporated.

These are only a few of the genes that may be affecting your performance. If you are going to be paying to not just recovery from an injury but improve your performance it is important for you and your health provider to understand the physical factors that could impact your outcomes.

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Bryce Finck is an online health & wellness expert, specialising in physical dysfunction and personal transformation. Co-Founder of Stack Health, his mission is to allow experts to communicate with their clients digitally from any location, forging lifelong professional relationships that improve people’s lives. An avid traveller, musical lyricist and smile enthusiast you can connect with Bryce personally for your complementary expert meeting via his direct scheduling link or DM on InstagramFacebook and LinkedIn.

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