Blaming Yourself for Failure Could Increase Your Risk of Injury

When you have a bad run or fall short of your race goals, what sort of script runs through your mind? If you tend to fault yourself for your failures, you may face a higher risk of injury, a new study finds.

Source: Negative Thinking Boosts Injury Risk

I don’t think I suffer from this.  Rather, the consensus seems to be that I “sandbag it” – I don’t try hard enough.  But I’m too old to be competing for spot on the National team (not that my times ever put me there), nor can I expect to even get sponsored.  I have to work the next day, and I’ve had an experience with my lungs filling with blood, very likely due to being on warfarin/coumadin.  I have nothing to prove, just being out there is good for me.

The Genetics of Being Injury-Prone

Injury is a fact of life for most athletes, but some professionals—and some weekend warriors, for that matter—just seem more injury-prone than others. But what is it about their bodies that makes the bones, tendons, and ligaments so much more likely to tear or strain—bad luck, or just poor preparation?

A growing body of research suggests another answer: that genetic makeup may play an important role in injury risk.

…the largest market for sports-injury genetic testing may be the general public. A growing number of companies like 23andMe, Pathway Genomics, DNAFit, and Stanford Sports Genetics offer genetic tests that can tell the average consumer about his or her risk for sports injuries, including ACL ruptures, stress fractures, osteoarthritis, and spinal-disc degeneration.

Source: The Genetics of Being Injury-Prone

On some levels, it’s no different than testing your VO2 max.  But there’s also the potential that genetic testing can be used against, like medical/health insurance.

At the end of the day, should the knowledge that your ligaments and tendons are more susceptible to injury than others?  I think not.

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