Skip to comments.Study Says Brain Trauma Can Mimic Lou Gehrig’s Disease
Posted on 08/17/2010 9:48:19 AM PDT by DFG
In the 71 years since the Yankees slugger Lou Gehrig declared himself the luckiest man on the face of the earth, despite dying from a disease that would soon bear his name, he has stood as Americas leading icon of athletic valor struck down by random, inexplicable fate.
A peer-reviewed paper to be published Wednesday in a leading journal of neuropathology, however, suggests that Gehrigs demise and that of some other athletes and soldiers given a diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrigs disease might have been catalyzed by injuries only now becoming understood: concussions and other brain trauma.
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After Muhammad Ali’s neurological issues developed, I often wondered about another former heavyweight champ, Ezzard Charles. He was diagnosed with ALS and presumably died from this. He had a long boxing career and suffered brutal knockout losses in bouts with Jersey Joe Walcott and Rocky Marciano.