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Happening In Sports

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What's really happening in sports?
In the sports world many athletes are being diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) as well as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). This occurrence is mostly happening in contact sports. ALS is mostly acquired from head trauma, but can be hereditary. ALS causes the neurons which control voluntary muscles to die. CTE is a neurological disease that affects the brain. This, is also acquired threw head trauma. CTE can lead to Dementia, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Huntington's, which all have to do with brain function. This recurrence happening in sports brings up the controversial topic, “should rules be changed?” Athletes need to be educated on what risk they are taking, getting potential head
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Due to the overwhelming amount of players getting these disease some of the rules have changed, such as players under 12 years old are not allowed to header the ball. This rule change is beneficial, because it improves the safety of young kids still developing. The rule change in soccer does not affect the sport at its heart, but improves on its safety.
On the medical side athletes are getting this disease younger and younger due to this repeated head trauma. The American Association of Neurological Surgeons have concluded in their medical research that 90% of boxers suffer from a kind of brain injury while boxing. The brain injuries that boxers acquire during their time in the ring can make them prone to mental degeneration in their later years leading to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Muhammad Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease due to concussions he got in his time in the ring in 1984. Ali was a famous boxer who was diagnosed with this disease three years after his retirement. Ali unfortunately passed in 2016 after experiencing a respiratory illness which can be caused by Parkinson’s. Ali being diagnosed with this disease is no surprise due to the pounding he took in the ring. This is a direct link to his Parkinson’s disease. Sports Association such as NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL have very strict concussion policies. Boxing doesn't have such policies. Boxers need to be educated on the risks, but not only the boxers but the refereeing officials as
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