Do football injuries cause ALS?

Source: | Re-Post Duerson Fund 3/29/2017 – 

Scientists are once again calling on the NFL to acknowledge the links between football injuries and devastating brain diseases such as ALS and Alzheimer’s.

It has been a subject of contention for years as more and more studies show concrete evidence that heavy-impact slams to the head can wreak havoc in the brain.

Indeed, a landmark report by the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2012 said NFL players were four times more likely to die from ALS than the rest of the US population.

The NFL has made some motions to play ball, such as setting up a reimbursement fund (The 88 Plan) for former players diagnosed with neurodegenerative diseases.

But the franchise has fallen short of officially acknowledging the ties exist – and the debate resurfaced on Sunday night as San Francisco 49ers legend Dwight Clark became the latest NFL star to reveal he has ALS.

ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, affects two in every 100,000 people. It is incurable, and has a life expectancy of three to 10 years.
Clark, 60, revealed he was diagnosed a few months ago with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis – a disorder that causes muscle weakness and eventual paralysis.

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