Research: part of our DNA

Sports Medicine Genomics emerged from University of Barcelona to carry forward the research project in genomics and sport lead, since 2009, by Rosa Artells and Ricard Pruna. We are proud of high technological and innovation content backed by projects in wich we participate together with entities closely related to sport as: Conselleria General de l’Esport and the Instituto Nacional de Educación Física de Barcelona as well as Professional Sport Clubs that for reasons of confidentiality we can not disclose.

The scientific studies conducted by Rosa and Ricard are highly regarded by the sport scientific community and we aim to continue providing the economic, human and logistic resources to develop more and better research in the field of genetics and its application to sport. At present, more than 240 genetic changes (polymorphisms or SNPs) have been described to have an influence in athletes basic parameters such as nutrition, predisposition to injury and physical abilities (speed, resistance, power and elasticity). In addition, recent scientific studies estimate that the influence of the genetic component in an athlete’s physical condition is close to 50%, therefore we have, in genetics, a powerful tool when aiming to improving our physical activity and obtaining the maximum benefit from it.

R&D Projects

Study of the influence of the genetic component on speed and resistance.

Research project subsidised in part by the Conselleria General de l’Esport and carried out jointly with the Associació per a la Recerca Biotecnològica en l’Esport. In this study we analyse several genetic variations of professional sprinters and long-distance runners from High Performance Center-CAR of Sant Cugat. The aim is to discover new SNPs and confirm others already described in relation to possessing a greater sprint capacity and speed of reaction.

Study of muscle response to different loads and exercises

Research project in collaboration with the research department of INEFC Barcelona in which we analyse the relation of the genetic component with the muscular recovery capacity after applying different loads and exercise protocols. The goal is to see what genetic variations favour muscle resilience.

Study of the influence of the genome on non-contact injuries

Project that gives continuity to the one initiated in 2009 by Rosa Artells and Ricard Pruna. The objective of this study, carried out in collaboration with professional and multi-sport clubs, is to expand the study sample and to search for new polymorphisms related to the predisposition to suffer non-contact soft tissue injuries (muscle, ligament and tendon) to improve our Sports Injury Genetic Test and to be more accurate when recommending protocols to reduce the risk of injury.

Scientific Publications


Single nucleotide polymorphisms associated with non-contact soft tissue injuries in elite professional soccer players: influence on degree of injury and recovery time. Artells R, Pruna R et al. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2013, 14:221


The impact of single nucleotide polymorphisms on patterns of non-contact musculoskeletal soft tissue injuries in a football player population according to ethnicity. Artells R, Pruna R. Med Clin (Barc). 2013 Dec 13. pii: S0025-7753 (13) 00735-5


Could single nucleotide polymorphisms influence on the efficacy of platelet-rich plasma in the treatment of sport injuries?  Pruna R, Til L, Artells R. Muscles Ligaments Tendons J. 2014 May 8;4(1):63-5. eCollection 2014 Jan.


Cómo puede afectar el componente genético la lesionabilidad de los deportistas. Ricard Pruna, Rosa Artells 1016/j.apunts. 2014.07.004


Genetic biomarkers in non-contact muscle injuries in elite soccer players. Pruna R, Artells R et al. Knee Surgery Sports Traumatology Arthroscopy. 2016 Apr 16.


Elastin: a possible genetic biomarker fro more severe ligament injuries in elite soccer. A pilot study. . Artells R, Pruna R et al. Muscles, Ligaments and Tendons Journal, 2016 Sept. 17;6(2)