Advanced Sports Test
Looking to improve sports performance, reduce the risk of injury and get the most out of your training? Take our advanced sports test. Invest in your health.
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A personalised genetic sports test that helps you prevent injuries, increase your sports performance and improve your recovery capacity.
How it works
Order your test online, select, and pay for your preferred panel.
Collect your sample
Choose to have our medical team come in for home sample collection or visit a Synlab centre near you for your sample collection.
Review accurate results
Accurate and confidential results are available on your secure online Pathprovider account. You will get notified as soon as your results are available.
Get medical support
If you have any queries, please contact our 24-hour customer support centre at +234 700 7284 2273.
Nigerians between the ages of 18 and 40 are involved in active sports
30 – 80%
Genetic factors underlie 30 to 80% of the differences among individuals in traits related to athletic performance
Physical activity is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. It helps prevent health problems related to the cardiovascular, endocrine and musculoskeletal systems, as well as the development of different types of cancer.
However, not everyone responds to sport in the same way. It is important to consider the role our genetics play in improving our athletic performance.
Any sports activity must be based on three important pillars: training, nutrition and rest. Our individual characteristics and potential, determined to a great extent by our genetics, imply specific requirements in these areas. Therefore, it is important that physical activity is adapted to these aspects in order to guarantee safe practice and optimal performance.
Benefits of genetic testing in sports
Your genetic predispositions can help inform the process of individualising standard practices. This information may allow you to manipulate training factors such as volume, intensity, frequency and rest periods to improve exercise response
Identify competitive advantages
Information on your genetic makeup may provide information on potential competitive advantages such as a naturally resilient digestive system, leg muscles that are better at withstanding hard descents, a naturally above-average response to running at altitude, or how quickly you metabolise caffeine.
Reduce injury risk
Your DNA test cannot directly protect an athlete from injury, but your genetic predispositions can help paint a picture of your overall injury risk and provide coaches with information on specific vulnerabilities to keep an eye on.
What we do
The SYNLAB Advanced Sports test provides personalised information for
- Muscle Response and Performance – Muscle Oxygenation Capacity and Response to Power and Endurance Training
- Recovery and Injuries – Muscle damage and overtraining ligament and tendon injuries.
- Performance Aids – Caffeine and Magnesium
- Recovery Aids – Antioxidants and Detox Response
- Nutrition in sport – B group vitamins and omega-3
Muscle response and performance
The muscle is a structure capable of generating movement through its contraction, thereby maintaining vital functions, such as the heartbeat, and enabling a range of sports-related activities, such as running, jumping or weightlifting. The number, size and type of fibres that compose the muscle, as well as its oxygenation capacity, condition the aptitude and response of muscles to certain types of exercise or training.
Recovery and injury
The improvement of athletic performance is achieved by a progressive increase in training intensity. However, the increase in volume, intensity or frequency not only requires periods of rest to ensure the recovery of internal physiological and structural conditions but also more intensive care of the issues involved in the exercise to avoid potential injuries.
Performance and improvement
Ergogenic aids and supplements used in sports help to prepare the body for physical activity, increase efficiency or prevent injuries. While they cannot be substitutes for an adequate and healthy diet that provides the necessary energy and nutrients, good dietary supplements can help to enhance athletic performance, both during training and at the competitive level.
Tips for recovery
Rest periods are essential components of any workout programme. Apart from limiting muscle activity and manual therapies, there are different nutritional strategies to accelerate and improve recovery. Overall, a good recovery allows for better assimilation of the training loads, directly impacting the performance.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you are still unsure about this test, here are some questions that we usually get asked.
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Who is this test for?
Advanced Sports Test is recommended for:
- All those who want to improve their sports performance by personalising and optimising their training.
- People who wish to start practising sport with adapted and personalised training.
- People who want to prevent, as far as possible, frequent physical activity injuries.
Why is nutrition important in sports?
Nutrition and hydration have a great impact on the health and performance of an athlete and, therefore, are factors that need to be considered in any training programme. In addition to ensuring a good supply of energy, it is essential to provide a sufficient amount of dietary nutrients and micronutrients to optimise the individual’s physical and cognitive potential.
Do we inherit our athletic genes from the mother or the father’s side?
Some studies suggest that our mitochondrial DNA — and therefore our mother’s side — plays a key role in our athletic endurance.
When you get your test done with SYNLAB, you have access to our benefits.
PathProvider gives you direct access to all of your test results and reports across all your devices without having to leave your home.
Benefits of being a PathProvider registered user
- Your profile is a secure personal space
- Access your results any time, any day, all year round
- Results can be checked on any smartphone, computer, or tablet
- All your previous results are archived on your profile
- Set your notification preferences when results are ready. Choose email or SMS.
- Not a doctor? Switch to the popular ‘graphic view’ and get to understand your results.
- You can share or print your results directly from your profile.
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Get complete convenience
Get your results as they become available online.
You can choose to get your entire family tested in the comfort of your own home. Choose a day and a time that is convenient for you, and we’ll send one of our trained professionals to your door.
No more sitting in traffic. Now you can manage your health in the comfort of your own home.
Award-winning medical diagnostics
Accuracy of results, reliability, trust, and quick turnaround time.
We are audited by an external body which ensures that we implement the highest ethical standards and international best practices.
SYNLAB was awarded the 'Private Laboratory Service Provider of the Year' in Nigeria award by the Nigeria Health Excellence Awards (NHEA).
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