Concussions Linked to Condition Similar to ALS

August 20, 2010

Study Shows Repeated Head Traumas May Raise Risk of Symptoms Seen in Lou Gehrig’s Disease

Did Lou Gehrig Have Lou Gehrig’s Disease?

The new findings suggest that professional baseball player Lou Gehrig may not have died from Lou Gehrig’s disease.

“Maybe Lou Gehrig had chronic traumatic encephalopathy,” Cantu says. He sustained at least five documented concussions during his career. In addition, there are reports that he was knocked unconscious for five minutes after being struck in the head with a ball. He also played football at Columbia University before joining the New York Yankees.

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