Result of a Recent Study Indicates Playing Sport Causes Motor Neuron Disorder; More so from Playing Football

Result of a Recent Study Indicates Playing Sport Causes Motor Neuron Disorder; More so from Playing Football

The tendency to be at risk of getting motor neuron disease (MND) is related to continuously having head injuries with a concussion, generally playing some sport, and playing football for a couple of years. A newly published New Zealand study generates such information.

According to a finding from a study, childhood physical abuse is another contributory factor. Football (soccer) has had a link to people getting motor neuron disease for a couple of years already. The rationale behind this situation, though, remains unanswered to date. Such a question has always related to many parts of motor neuron disease.

An Italian study from 2005 compares professional football players with the community’s standard members. This study has five amyotrophic lateral types of sclerosis (ALS) diagnoses, despite 0.77 percent of the cases being in projection. An update to the 2020 study yields results of 34 ALS diagnoses while expecting 17.8 percent of the patients in prognosis. These results have a two-fold difference. Findings that bear similarities are present in the studies of health conditions of Scottish pro football players.

ALS is otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s disorder. Lou Gehrig’s is the normal health state out of all the other conditions that make up MND. Health issues such as the conditions mentioned above have detrimental effects on the motor neurons running in brains. Motor neurons are the nerve cells that control muscular voluntary movements. Such conditions progress through time and are terminal.

As per a report of Motor Neurone Disease New Zealand, MND is uncommon but not rare among New Zealanders. Grace Xia Chen of the Research Centre for Hauora and Health at Massey University in Wellington leads the New Zealander researchers that conduct the concerned study. Chen solicits the participation of 321 people diagnosed with MND and 605 controls in the study. These participants were interviewed and shared that they have participated in 30 various sports. These sports are rugby, football, tennis, volleyball, table tennis, golf, and surfing.

In the study, it is evident that people’s activeness in playing sports when they were children and, up until they reach adulthood, increases the chances of having MND. Such a finding is consistently the result generated from other past studies. The enhanced chances of acquiring MND widens as football players continuously play the sport for over 12 years. Some experts are curious to find out, though, if sub-concussive impacts to the heads are among the sub-problems of head concussions.