Risk of Diseases Like ALS Almost 4 Times Higher in Professional Soccer

Risk of Diseases Like ALS Almost 4 Times Higher in Professional Soccer

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Risk of Diseases Like ALS Almost 4 Times Higher in Professional Soccer

Men who played professional soccer were nearly four times more likely to develop a neurodegenerative disorder, including a motor neuron disease such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), than men of similar age in the general population, a long-term analysis found. Risk was greatest in players with longer careers and among those who played in the outfield, usually defensive positions, with repetitive head impacts through soccer ball heading. The analysis, “Association of Field Position and Career…

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