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Eur J Neurol. 2005 Mar;12(3):223-5.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and sports: a case-control study.

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Section of Medical Statistics and Epidemiology, Faculty of Human Movement and Sports Science, University of L'Aquila, L'Aquila, Italy.


An increased incidence of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) amongst soccer players in Italy has recently been reported. A case-control study (300 cases and 300 matched controls) was conducted to explore the association between ALS and physical/sports activities, with specific reference to trauma-related risk. Neither the practice of competitive sports nor sports-related traumas were found to be associated with an increased risk of ALS. The practice of physical activities or sports is not per se a risk factor for ALS. Our results exclude sports-related microtraumas as etiopathogenic factors in the natural history of ALS.

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