Sports and Genetics

By Health Day

A new sports survey involving 296 NCAA Division 1 student athletes and 164 college undergrads found more similarities than differences between the 2 groups. A majority of both said they had first played organized sports before the age of 10. And in both groups the most common age to start focusing on a single sport was between 14 and 17. Even when bowing out of a particular sport, both groups cited the same main reasons: a lack of time, a loss of interest, and the sense that they were better at another sport.

However, the elite athletes were much more likely than the non-elite athletes to have a sibling or parent who had also played sports in college or as a professional.

The researchers therefore concluded that athletic success may have more to do with family genetics and environment than with a player's timing in picking and learning sports.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with the news doctors are reading health news that matters to you.

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