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Why does the goalkeeper eschew medication? The challenge of new treatments for tourette syndrome.

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posted on 22.11.2019 by John L. Waddington

Four years ago, the then U.S. Tourette Syndrome Association (now the Tourette Association of America) described Tim Howard, the former goalkeeper of the English Premier League football teams Manchester United and Everton and of the U.S. national soccer team, as “the most notable person in the world with the condition” and conferred on him their Champion of Hope Award. Yet Howard does not take or advocate medication. Why? In his autobiography The Keeper1 and associated media interviews, he refers to such treatment as “a concoction of drugs for other ailments” and opinion that they “make you drowsy, make you zombie‐like.”

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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Waddington JL. Why does the goalkeeper eschew medication? The challenge of new treatments for tourette syndrome. Movement Disorders. 2018;33(8):1236-1237, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1002/mds.91. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

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Waddington JL. Why does the goalkeeper eschew medication? The challenge of new treatments for tourette syndrome. Movement Disorders. 2018;33(8):1236-1237

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19/09/2018

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Wiley

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30230630

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