Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Brain Trauma Can Mimic Lou Gehrig’s Disease

Fascinating study released suggesting that ALS (commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease) is mis diagnosed in many athletes suffering head trauma and concussion as well as military veterans: >>Study Says Brain Trauma Can Mimic Lou Gehrig’s Disease:
A new study suggests that concussions and head trauma can cause degenerative diseases similar to A.L.S. and that Lou Gehrig may not have had Lou Gehrig’s disease.
http://nyti.ms/c6Y9Xs
Aside from the important emphasis on the significance of brain trauma that is occurring in our athletes in particular our younger athletes there is some interesting analysis of the etiology and process that seems linked to proteins produced as a result of the trauma that persist and travel in the nervous system to cause further permanent damage. Unfortunately despite significant advances even this progress begs even more questions regarding the brains function and more importantly how to protect it and limit damage. This will be interesting research to watch and especially important for our youth sports Programs.