The Influence of Genetics on Exercise and Training

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James S. Skinner
50 minutes
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Genetic factors influence how people are at the present time and how they respond to external stimuli or changes in their environment (for example, exercise training). The Influence of Genetics on Exercise and Training provides a basic introduction to the field of genetics and how it applies to exercise and training. It summarizes some of the findings of a large-scale study (The HERITAGE Family Study) on the effects of genetic factors and exercise training on fitness and risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The DVD also discusses the practical application of these findings to health and fitness.

Among the topics covered:
  • Basic introduction to genetics
  • Examples of variables (e.g., body weight, muscle fiber composition) where the effects of genetic factors are known
  • Variability in response to training, and lack of difference in training responses between
    • men and women
    • blacks and whites
    • young, middle-aged, and older subjects
Produced in cooperation with the American College of Sports Medicine.