Sports can Help Keep Muscular Dystrophy at Bay

Muscular Dystrophy (MD) refers to a group of more than 30 genetic diseases that cause muscle degeneration, progressive weakness and chronic or permanent shortening of tendons and muscles. The two most common forms in children (primarily boys), Duchenne MD and Becker MD, alone affect approximately 1 in every 3,500 to 5,000 boys, or between 400 and 600 live male births each year in the US. Some people who have Muscular Dystrophy will eventually lose the ability to walk. Some may have trouble breathing or swallowing.

There is currently no cure for Muscular Dystrophy. The average lifespan of a person diagnosed with Duchenne MD is roughly 20 years, however, people diagnosed with Becker MD are said to have a normal life expectancy. Medications and therapy (incl. adaptive sports) can help manage symptoms and slow the course of the disease.

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For more information on Muscular Dystrophy visit: 

Muscular Dystrophy Association
MDA Greater Los Angeles 
Center for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at UCLA

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