Athletes Essay

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Athletes play sports for the competition and fun of it knowing they will get hurt or develop a disease overtime, but still choose to participate because of the rush certain sports give. A disease associated with athletes is Amyotrophic Lateral sclerosis (ALS) which is also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, it is a disorder in the nervous system that causes death of nerve cells and destroys Motor neurons. Another disease associated with many athletes is Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) which is an irreversible brain disease caused by multiple hits to the head triggering tissue degeneration. ALS disease usually develops between the ages of 55-75 for non athletes and in their 30s for athletes. It is more common for men to develop ALS than…show more content…
Most people diagnosed have an average survival time of 3 years. Their is 20% of people diagnosed that survive 5 years, 10% of people surviving 10 years and rarely happening is 5% people surviving 20+ years.
CTE is a progressive degenerative disease that is recurring caused by brain trauma and multiple head injuries. The disease attacks the brain through an abnormal protein called Tau which clumps up and spreads throughout the brain killing many brain cells. As Tau kills brain cells, the mass of the brain decreases overtime causing loss of functions. The irreversible deterioration is seen in military veterans and contact sport athletes. Patients experiencing CTE go through depression , aggression, addiction, and memory loss that concludes to other diseases that they are at risk of getting. The most common disease is Alzheimer's which is a form of dementia causing difficulty remembering, confusion, behavior changes,and mood changes. Dementia is a disease causing brain cells to die and get damaged while getting worse overtime showing memory loss. The second most common disease is Parkinson's which includes loss of brain cells that control movement, patients with Parkinson's experience hand shaking tremors and uncontrollable movements. Also Huntington's is a disease that is inherited and passed on by a 50/50 chance of the genes, it is incurable and causes death when their are blood clots due to no
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