Caution on genetic tests to detect sporting potential

DIRECT-to-consumer genetic tests to spot athletic potential have been condemned in a UK consensus statement by sports scientists.

The researchers say there’s a boom in marketing commercial tests claimed to identify children with sports performance potential, but evidence for their accuracy is weak and there’s no universally accepted guidelines for their use.

The expert group looked at tests offered by 39 companies, finding that half could not say which gene sequences or variants they were testing. Others cited variants