Effects Of Als On Athletes

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There’s a hidden epidemic in the sports world that the public knows little to nothing about. This epidemic is not only found in athletes, but also in average individuals such as yourself. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS, is one of the epidemics that is found among the elderly, but now is being found in young athletes. ALS is a disease which attacks the body, leaving only the brain intact. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE, is a similar disease; however, it only attacks the brain. ALS is a horrific disease that only affected older athletes, who were usually only males but is now being found in younger athletes. ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig 's disease, is an illness where the body is slowly deteriorating away and leaves the brain intact. Therefore, the individual is fully conscious and aware of what is happening to their body. The illness may first start attacking the body in simple manners that are easily mistaken for other illnesses. Afterward the disease assumes total control of the individual 's body. The average person with ALS lives from two to five years after being diagnosed. The average person would be diagnosed with ALS between the ages of 40 to 70 years of age. Many young athletes are being diagnosed with ALS at a much younger ages, as young as …show more content…
Head trauma and concussions are like, but very different. Concussions occur when an individual takes a heavy blow to the head whether it would be once or twice, and receives a violent shaking of the head and body. Concussions are said to be linked with CTE’s. Concussions release a neurotoxins that affect the spinal cord and brain. The effects are usually temporary but can include headaches and problems with concentration, memory, balance and coordination. Head trauma is when you take mild blows to the head, they will eventually lead to serious diseases. Head trauma also takes a part in the development of

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