Genetic test for the personalization of sport training

Genetic test for the personalization of sport training


  • Zakira Naureen Department of Biological Sciences and Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Nizwa, Nizwa, Oman
  • Marco Perrone Division of Cardiology, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy
  • Stefano Paolacci MAGI'S LAB
  • Paolo Enrico Maltese MAGI’S LAB, Rovereto (TN), Italy
  • Kristjana Dhuli EBTNA-LAB, Rovereto (TN), Italy
  • Danjela Kurti EBTNA-LAB, Rovereto (TN), Italy
  • Astrit Dautaj EBTNA-LAB, Rovereto (TN), Italy
  • Roberta Miotto MAGI EUREGIO, Bolzano, Italy
  • Arianna Casadei MAGI EUREGIO, Bolzano, Italy
  • Bernard Fioretti Department of Chemistry, Biology and Biotechnology, University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy
  • Tommaso Beccari Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy
  • Francesco Romeo Division of Cardiology, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy
  • Matteo Bertelli MAGI’S LAB, Rovereto (TN), Italy; EBTNA-LAB, Rovereto (TN), Italy; MAGI EUREGIO, Bolzano, Italy


Sports phenotype, endurance, power, genetic variants, polymorphisms


Genetic variants may contribute to confer elite athlete status. However, this does not mean that a person with favourable genetic traits would become a champion because multiple genetic interactions and epigenetic contributions coupled with confounding environmental factors shape the overall phenotype. This opens up a new area in sports genetics with respect to commercial genetic testing. The analysis of genetic polymorphisms linked to sport performance would provide insights into the potential of becoming an elite endurance or power performer. This mini-review aims to highlight genetic interactions that are associated with performance phenotypes and their potentials to be used as markers for talent identification and trainability.


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Naureen Z, Perrone M, Paolacci S, Maltese PE, Dhuli K, Kurti D, et al. Genetic test for the personalization of sport training. Acta Biomed [Internet]. 2020 Nov. 9 [cited 2024 Jul. 14];91(13-S):e2020012. Available from: