Predict Your Kid's Athletic Future (With Science!)

Jill Harness

Parents always wonder what their kid's future will be, but when it comes to potential athletic success, DNA carries some telltale signs. If a child has a lot of ACTN-three, responsible for the development of fast-twitching muscles, he or she will likely excel at sports like football, hockey or tennis.

On the other hand, a person who is low in ACTN-three will be more inclined to succeed in endurance sports, such as swimming, running and cycling. Someone with some, but not a lot of, ACTN-three will demonstrate both strength and endurance and be able to excel in a wide array of sports.

For parents who can't wait to find out what athletic abilities their children will possess, a company called Atlas Sports Genetics can run a test on your child's cheek swab DNA sample. Is there any circumstance where you'd consider doing this with your (real or hypothetical) child?