The entertainment industry known as sports is one with high popularity all over the globe. Humans work their whole lives to be able to perform at the highest level, whether that be professionally or on the Olympic stage. However, people may train and train but always end up falling short. This is not due to their lack of dedication or commitment, but simply they are not genetically favored to play that sport. Our genetic makeup plays a bigger role in our athletic ability than we may think. Although training is important when it comes to excelling in the sports world, you will never be the best if you do not have the proper genes to be an athlete in that sport. This Honors thesis will start by explaining the basics of genetics and where our characteristics come from. Then, it will look at both nature and nurture of the sports world, while comparing the genetics of professional basketball players, Olympic swimmers and Olympic gymnasts.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 2017


Michael T. Lane

Mentor Professional Affiliation

Exercise and Sport Science

Access Options

Open Access Thesis

Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level



Exercise and Sport Science