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Yankees baseball super-star Lou Gehrig began having trouble on the field and with simple tasks like tying his shoelaces, according to the ALS Association. A year after he first noticed the strange symptoms, he was diagnosed with ALS. The disease is .

ALS is short for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Dwight Clark, a former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver, says he has it.  Former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Dwight Clark revealed he has been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

USA TODAY Sports ALS is short for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, according to the ALS Association. Over time, those with the disease, which affects nerves and muscle use, can lose the ability to move and communicate.ALS was first discovered in 1869 by French Neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot.

Almost 70 years later, in 1938, Yankees baseball super-star Lou Gehrig began having trouble on the field and with simple tasks like tying his shoelaces, according to the ALS Association.

A year after he first noticed the strange symptoms, he was diagnosed with ALS. According to the ALS Association, the disease is typically not hereditary.  “Most of the time ALS is not inherited,” according to the association. “In about 90% of cases, the person is the only member of the family with the disease.

These cases are called “sporadic ALS”. The cause of sporadic ALS is not well understood, but may be due to a combination of environmental and genetic risk factors.”  In September of 2015, I started feeling weakness in my left hand. I was mildly paying attention to it because since my playing days, I’ve constantly had pain in my neck.

I was thinking it was related to some kind of nerve damage because it would just come and go. After months of tests and treatment, I got some bad news. I was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. I have ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Those words are still very hard for me to say. While I’m still trying to wrap my head around the challenge I will face with this disease over the coming years, the only thing I know is that I’m going to fight like hell and live every day to the fullest.  Clark went on to say, “I’ve been asked if playing football caused this. I don’t know for sure. But I certainly suspect it did.

And I encourage the NFLPA and the NFL to continue working together in their efforts to make the game of football safer, especially as it relates to head trauma.”  Dwight Clark, a former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver, said Sunday that he has been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS.

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