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Carl Webb dies from MND

mxlegend99

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Way too young. Tragic news.

Don’t know much about MND. But it seems like a very aggressive disease and really hit him hard. Guy will always be an Origin legend though. RIP Carl.
 

JJ

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Not sure if there is data, but MND seems to afflict a few athletes, Lou Gehrig most notably. Anyway , terribly sad…. can’t say much…. Far too young
 

Someguy

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celebrate the guy! With his days numbered he set up a foundation that may help others with the condition he is suffering, not at all for himself but in the hope that others could be helped in the future.

Sadness of his death aside this is a really positive story and one that reflects how great a man he is and how rugby league can be a positive for the community.
 
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RIP Carl, one of those players who could bring a game to life with a run or a hit. His try against the Bulldogs in the early rounds of 2005 is one I’ll never forget.
 

Woody90

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Way too young. Tragic news.

Don’t know much about MND. But it seems like a very aggressive disease and really hit him hard. Guy will always be an Origin legend though. RIP Carl.

Sadly the average life span between diagnosis to death is about 18 months to 2 years.

Such a shit, aggressive disease.

RIP Carl.

Hopefully in the new season the NRL get behind his foundation like the game has the Mark Hughes Foundation and raise some serious money for research.
 

SpaceMonkey

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Not sure if there is data, but MND seems to afflict a few athletes, Lou Gehrig most notably. Anyway , terribly sad…. can’t say much…. Far too young
There’s definitely speculation at least that it could be related to CTE in some cases. Gehrig had multiple concussions from getting hit in the head in the days before batting helmets.
 

SpaceMonkey

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Some interesting points in that. Pretty damning in terms of the increased frequency of MND and similar conditions, but also notable that the former athletes also outlived the control group on the whole so its arguable that playing sport at their level is still beneficial overall, and part of the increased incidence of these conditions is down to a lower incidence of other causes of death.
 
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R.I.P. Carl

Will his brain be examined to see if he had CTE?

And that takes us back to CTE. High impact sports with high rates of concussion lead to greater risk of developing CTE. New research has prompted discussions regarding the potential link between CTE and the development of MND. We have yet to determine a biological link but there seems to be epidemiological evidence to suggest there is increased risk in certain sports. NFL players are seen to be 4 times more likely to develop MND in their lifetime. That figure could be as much as 15 times higher for rugby players.

 

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