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As the Associated Press reported recently, simple tests are now available that can help you find out whether your kid has what it takes, DNA-wise, at least, to be a good athlete. Multiple companies offer kits sold online to test for specific genes (or a combination of genes) that can help determine if your child will excel at certain sports. How 'bionic man' is that?
Predictably, the tests aren't cheap: It'll cost you just shy of $200 a pop to see if your kid has a "super" gene like the ACTN3 gene, which may indicate an ability to have bursts of strength and speed. And of course you'll also want to cosider the the cost of knowing and then raising (or lowering) your expectations as a result. A commentary in the Journal of the American Medical Association warned physicians that societal pressures may have competitive parents asking for these tests. (Icky.)
Of course, while these tests may be able to tell you if your kid has the genes to be a good athlete, they can't determine any of those other necessary ingredients for athletic success: nurturing, determination, good coaching, love for the sport -- and good old fashioned practice.