Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and sports: A case-control study

Marco Valenti, F. E. Pontieri, F. Conti, E. Altobelli, T. Manzoni, L. Frati

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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) wass 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-225
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Journal of Neurology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2005


  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Epidemiology
  • Risk factors
  • Sport

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)


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