Gene powered? Where to go from heritability (h2) in muscle strength and power?

Exerc Sport Sci Rev. 2004 Oct;32(4):148-54. doi: 10.1097/00003677-200410000-00005.


The importance of genetic and environmental factors in muscular strength and power variation has been reported in the last two decades. However, there is a paucity of data on gender- and age-specific estimates of heritabilities. Linkage and association studies that aim to identify genes and gene variants for muscular strength are only emerging.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Environment
  • Family Health
  • Gene Frequency / genetics
  • Genetic Heterogeneity*
  • Genetic Linkage*
  • Humans
  • Isometric Contraction / genetics
  • Models, Genetic*
  • Muscle Development / genetics*
  • Muscle Development / physiology
  • Muscle, Skeletal / growth & development
  • Muscle, Skeletal / physiology*
  • Phenotype
  • Physical Fitness*
  • Quantitative Trait Loci / genetics
  • Twin Studies as Topic