Quest Diagnostics Adds Custom Coaching, At-Home Collection to Expand Blueprint for Athletes™ Service
The new services feature a Field Kit for at-home specimen collection using the Mitra® Microsampling device, which allows highly precise collection. With at-home sampling, an individual simply orders online, receives a kit with the device in the mail a few days later, collects a few drops of blood from her or his fingertip, and drops the sample in the mail to the lab. At-home collection sampling is now available as part of the Blueprint for Athletes Hormone package, and is expected to be made available with other Blueprint for Athletes services later this year.
An additional Blueprint for Athletes offering is "concierge collection" in which trained phlebotomists will visit a person's home or other location to collect a blood specimen for testing. Hormone and the other Blueprint for Athlete services involve biometric testing of blood serum rather than DNA testing of saliva. These services are available starting today at www.BlueprintforAthletes.com.
"Based on our 50 years of diagnostic innovation, Quest is uniquely positioned to bring new capabilities to the consumer market," said
Blueprint for Athletes is now available for order in 33 states via www.BlueprintforAthletes.com. Because Blueprint for Athletes is based on medical-grade diagnostic tests, it is subject to several federal and state regulations. These regulations vary somewhat by state, which means availability can vary by state as well.
"With these new services, athletes have the flexibility to choose options that offer convenience in their busy lives and meet their fitness objectives, backed by scientific expertise from the world's largest medical diagnostic provider," said
Personalized Coaching Helps Athletes Create Game Plan to Improve Performance
Individuals can now access personalized coaching through Blueprint for Athletes. Through this service, a trained clinical coach works closely with the individual to establish clear athletic and fitness goals. The coach will then help the athlete to understand the meaning of the Blueprint for Athletes biomarker results in relation to the individual's personalized goals, and identify potential changes in behavior, lifestyle or training that may spur improved performance. Each session involves a personalized 30 minute phone call scheduled at the individual's convenience. Sessions are offered as an added service with certain Blueprint for Athletes stacks.
"Although most athletes have a working knowledge of hydration and nutrition, they often lack the insights about how even minor adjustments, such as timing specific nutrient intake to training, competition and recovery, can offset the stress of heavy workouts and help the body to function more efficiently. Anyone serious about improving their fitness can stand to benefit from this new offering," said
Six Stacks Geared to Specific Fitness Goals
- Blueprint One, which provides baseline data about the biomarkers of interest to most athletes, such as total cortisol, lipids, and vitamin D.
- Training Status, which details how a body is responding to training and recovery;
- Endurance and Conditioning, to assess hydration status and the body's ability to handle prolonged exertion;
- Nutrition, which provides dietary insights to support training and performance goals;
- Metabolic Performance, to help achieve the proper balance between fat burning and muscle building;
- Hormones, which assesses potential hormone imbalances that can sabotage performance;
- Food Allergens, allowing athletes to better understand whether food allergies are undermining their training regimens.
"The stacks are designed to provide relevant and actionable information for athletes of every level, from those who invest in their health by working out regularly to those who compete in rigorous endurance events," said Schwabacher.
About Blueprint for Athletes
Blueprint for Athletes is the first fitness-specific direct-to-consumer service from
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