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Genomic analysis reveals the association of specific SNPs with athletic performance

Updated: Jun 21, 2023

Prof Antonio Giordano meets new coach Luciano Spalletti of SSC Napoli.

Antonio Giordano meets new coach Luciano Spalletti

To date, SSC Napoli is considered the healthiest and least physically injured soccer team in Europe. SSC Napoli, full: Società Sportiva Calcio Napoli, is one of the popular soccer clubs in the Italian Serie A league, it's based in Naples, Italy.

Researchers from Sbarro Health Research Organization (SHRO) and the medical staff of the SSC Napoli club have been working together on research that focuses not only on the regular physical training programs and nutrition of the players but also on their genetic profiles.

In exhaustive research conducted by SHRO and the Medical Staff of SSC Napoli 30 professional soccer players of the SSC Napoli club were evaluated. Their regular medical evaluation was conducted and added with a screening of genetic polymorphism with respect to five key genes (ACTN3, COL5A1, MCT1, VEGF, HFE). These genes are naturally predisposed towards a specific activity or to injuries. The research uncovered that such activities and injuries can be modified with the help of specific nutrient supplementation.

As a result, SSC Napoli stands "healthiest" in Europe, which is also recognized by the Serie A league as well as UEFA. Currently, the Sbarro Health Research Organization research team under the leadership of Prof Antonio Giordano is continuing their research and expanding their collaboration efforts with other sports teams.

Prof Antonio Giordano, Founder and Director of Sbarro Health Research Organization (SHRO) quotes "The new medicine of sport is becoming a specialty that increasingly takes into consideration the genetic differences of athletes."

Dr. Rafaelle Canonico, Head of Medical Staff of SSC Napoli, concludes by saying "these parameters could be fundamental to adopt specific strategies aimed to improve, not only sports performance but above all to protect the health of the athletes and make their careers more lasting.”

Dr. Antonio Giordano is the President and Founder of the Sbarro Health Research Organization (SHRO), which conducts research to diagnose, treat and cure cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other chronic illnesses.


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