Genetic Privacy in Sports: Clearing the Hurdles
Affiliation: Department of Clinical Research and Leadership, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington, DC 20037, USA.
Keywords: Athletes, genetic testing, gene patents, privacy, confidentiality, sports, teams, genomics, genetic, technology
As genomic medicine continues to advance and inform clinical care, knowledge gained is likely to influence
sports medicine and training practices. Susceptibility to injury, sudden cardiac failure, and other serious conditions may
one day be tackled on a subclinical level through genetic testing programs. In addition, athletes may increasingly consider
using genetic testing services to maximize their performance potential. This paper assesses the role of privacy and genetic
discrimination laws that would apply to athletes who engage in genetic testing and the limits of these protections.
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