Are you a natural on the yoga mat? Ask your genes.
People with some genetic variants have a higher range of motion and better joint laxity and flexibility.
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Sample Report: Flexibility Joint Report
While flexibility and range of motion can be improved with regular stretching, some people have inherent joint flexibility, which is a highly heritable trait.
Genetic variants in several collagen genes alter the amino acid sequence and change the amount of collagen proteins being produced, thus affecting architecture and biomechanical properties of some tissues, including ligaments. Therefore, people with these genetic variants, in general, have more range of motion and better joint laxity and flexibility.
Interestingly, the research has shown that violinists, flautists, and pianists with lax finger joints suffer less pain than their less flexible peers.
On the other end of the spectrum is an increased risk of suffering non-contact soft tissue injuries during very active sports. Other genetic variants in the collagen genes reduce joint flexibility and potentially protect from cruciate ligament, shoulder dislocation, and anterior cruciate ligament ruptures.