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DNAFit’s Head of Sport Science, Craig Pickering, has publicised the findings of a new white paper, appearing to identify the potential key role that genetics can play in individualising recovery timings for elite athletes following training. 

Led by Craig Pickering, and further contributed to by John Kiely (2nd), Bruce Suraci (3rd) and Jake Watson (Last), the study focussed on the often under-explored topic of ‘recovery’ within training schedules. The premise focussed on analysing the balance between stress and recovery, against the context of sportspeople with a genetically identified greater need of recovery time.

In this pilot study, 18 male soccer players underwent a repeated sprint training session. Countermovement jump (CMJ) heights were recorded immediately pre- and post-training, and at 24- and 48-hours post-training. The reduction in CMJ height was greatest at all post-training time points in subjects with a larger number of gene variants associated with a reduced exercise recovery.

This suggests that knowledge of genetic information can be important in individualizing recovery timings and modalities in athletes following training. “A genetic-based algorithm for recovery: A pilot study” can be downloaded in full here:

The study is the latest step in DNAFit’s commitment to continue pioneering and self-funding research that continues to drive the industry forward. In 2016 the brand published the world’s first independent peer reviewed clinical study* to focus on links between exercise and genetics. This showed that sportspeople whose training programmes are matched to their genetic make-up can achieve an athletic performance that is improved almost three times more than those on mismatched training programmes.

The white paper is also the most recent in a line of published and upcoming pieces of research, overseen by the new DNAFit scientific Advisory Board. In July the company announced the appointment of Dr. Silvia Camporesi to the board as External Advisor for Bioethics. Whilst in August, Pickering published another paper exploring the existing guidelines on caffeine use in sport, which can be found here:  

Avi Lasarow, CEO, DNAFit said;

“I’m proud that DNAFit continues to pioneer as the only consumer genetics company who continues to drive forward critical new research within this space. The work of Craig Pickering, our Head of Sport Science, and the full DNAFit Scientific Advisory board is absolutely critical in ensuring we remain at the forefront of this space, driving product innovation, and ultimately delivering the best service for our customers. It remains a core focus for us.”

DNAFit is a fast-growing company who study genetics to help match both ordinary consumers and elite sportspeople to the diet and training programmes that best suit their DNA.




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Notes to Editors:

About DNAFit:

DNAFit is a UK based genetics company that reports on genetic markers related to fitness and nutrition.

“Since we began in 2013, we’ve taken cutting edge science out of the laboratory and into the hands of tens of thousands of people, helping them understand how their DNA affects their response to exercise and nutrition changes, to change the way we train and eat, one DNA sample at a time.”

DNAFit adheres to a strict code of practice, which can be viewed here:

*The DNAFit study is ‘A genetic-based algorithm for personalized resistance training’ by Jones N, Kiely J, Suraci B, Collins DJ, de Lorenzo D, Pickering C, Grimaldi KA. Biol Sport. 2016;33(2):117-126 and can be downloaded at

It’s also available in full here.

About “A genetic-based algorithm for recovery: A pilot study”:

The full study can be read here:

The study was compiled by:

·       (1st) Craig Pickering, DNAFit Life Sciences Ltd,

·       (2nd) John Kiely, University of Central Lancashire

·       (3rd) Bruce Suraci, University of Portsmouth

·       (4th) Jake Watson, University of Portsmouth  



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