Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. The cause of MS is still unknown – scientists believe the disease is triggered by an as-yet-unidentified environmental factor in a person who is genetically predisposed to respond.
Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least 2x – 3x more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. Multiple sclerosis is thought to affect more than 2.3 million people worldwide, with approximately 200 new cases diagnosed each week in the US. MS is not a “reportable” disease, which means that the government does not require physicians to inform any central database when they make the diagnosis. Without this kind of centralized reporting system, there is no easy way to count people with MS. (Source: National MS Society)
MS is a qualified impairment for Paralympic sports under the Classification of Hypertonia, which is defined as: Abnormal increase in muscle tension and a reduced ability of a muscle to stretch, due to a neurological condition, such as cerebral palsy, brain injury or multiple sclerosis. And there are many adaptive sports people with MS can enjoy such as swimming, track and field, archery, rowing, kayaking, golf, surfing and cycling.
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For more information regarding MS visit
National MS Society Southern California & Nevada Chapter
Race to Erase MS
National MS Society, Northern California Chapter
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Multiple Sclerosis Awareness