Amyotrophic Lateral Disease

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ALS and CTE’s are horrible diseases that don't have a cure and have no age requirement weather young or old. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or commonly heard as ALS means no muscle nourishment. It is neurodegenerative disease in which the nerve cells die in the brain and spinal cord due to hits to the head. CTE short for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy happens when getting repeated blows to the head. CTE’s have a lot of disease under it like dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Huntington's disease. Those can only be prevented by avoiding head injury. The number one thing that causes this is being part of a sport, weather contact to contact or contact with the turf and equipment. There has been more rules added to sports for the protection of the players. All the measures should be taken to make the sport safer, however it should not change the sport. When someone does sports like football, soccer, and boxing they know injuries happen, but still decide do it because of their passion for the game. Informing the athletes on…show more content…
The causes of getting ALS are getting multiple hits to the head, may not be all at once. It can cause serious problems that affects the daily life, for example hard to walk, speak, swallow, and breathe. People are being diagnosed with ALS at the ages of 40-70 with an average of 55 years. New studies state that athletes are being diagnosed at a younger age do to getting multiple hits to the head related to being in sports. After being diagnosed your life expectancy is 3-5 years, however it can increase with therapies and riluzole which is a drug and is very expensive. The disease isn't cured, it just slows down the disease. A well known person who had ALS is Lou Gehrig, he was a baseball player for the New York Yankees and was in the Hall of Fame in 1939. Started showing symptoms of ALS in 1938 and died on June 2nd
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