Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Just What The Soccer Moms Needed

Born to Run? Little Ones Get Test for Sports Gene

Published: November 29, 2008

BOULDER, Colo. — When Donna Campiglia learned recently that a genetic test might be able to determine which sports suit the talents of her 2 ½-year-old son, Noah, she instantly said, Where can I get it and how much does it cost?

“I could see how some people might think the test would pigeonhole your child into doing fewer sports or being exposed to fewer things, but I still think it’s good to match them with the right activity,” Ms. Campiglia, 36, said as she watched a toddler class at Boulder Indoor Soccer in which Noah struggled to take direction from the coach between juice and potty breaks.

“I think it would prevent a lot of parental frustration,” she said.
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This will be the controversial story of the day, no doubt. While I fully understand the importance of the science behind this test somehow the way we used do it seemed to work pretty good.
Back in the day if Johnny was fast, now a days we call that explosive - we made him run down field to catch the ball and if Billy was strong, now a days we call that power - we put him on the line. At some point Johnny always wanted to play on the line and then, usually on the first play, Johnny would get flattened and pull a Michelangelo - laying down on his back looking up at the sky. Somehow our unscientific method worked out and placed us where we performed the best.
Besides what's next arranged marriages between 2 super athletes to produce super-duper athletic offspring.
Instead of swabbing their mouth, get these kids in the gym or out on the practice field.

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