Does Tourette’s Syndrome help Tim Howard?

It will take a nation of millions to hold me back

NeuWrite San Diego

For those of you who have been living under a rock for the past fortnight, the FIFA World Cup has been on. Unfortunately the US Men’s team was knocked out by Belgium in extra time on Tuesday, but if one man can hold his head high it is Tim Howard. The US goalkeeper made a record breaking 16 saves, and put in a man of the match performance.

Howard also suffers from Tourette’s syndrome; a neurological disorder characterized by physical and vocal tics [1]. Tics are sudden, nonrhythmic movements or vocalizations, usually repetitive using discrete muscle groups [2]. Whilst the specific cause of Tourette’s syndrome has not been identified, basal ganglia dysfunction and related perturbations to dopamine signalling are thought to play a major role [3]. Changes in anatomy have been seen in brains from those suffering from Tourette’s syndrome [4]. However, the role of these changes has not…

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