The disease caused by strenuous exercise, what not to do according to scientists
Regular and strenuous exercise increases the risk of motor neurone disease in people who are genetically vulnerable. This has been discovered by scientists from the University of Sheffield, who say that however physical exercise should not be stopped by anyone.
They say that the study helps people who exercise regularly to get the right advice and at the same time not to risk their health by overworking.
In general, about one in 300 people will develop motor neurone disease due to strenuous exercise. This disease affects the motor ability of people to move, speak and even breathe, this is because the motor neurons that transmit messages from the brain and then to the muscles fail to perform their function.
This means that physically weak persons, from birth or with such genetic conditions, should exercise as much as they can and not exceed their strength capacity.
Athletes including Rob Burrow, Stephen Darby (football) and Doddie Weir have spoken openly about the disease.
The study, published in the journal EBioMedicine, shows that many of the genes known to increase the risk of motor neurone disease change their behavior in response to exercise.
People with the most common MND-related mutation develop the disease at an earlier age if exercised vigorously.