In a remarkable display of talent and athleticism, Tim Howard broke records yesterday for saving an insane number of Belgian goal attempts at the World Cup Round of 16 USA vs Belgium game. This guy is a hero, no doubt, but says he owes part of his talent to… his Tourette’s syndrome.
The BBC takes a look at the science behind Howard’s claim that his Tourette’s actually helps with his impecable goal-saving skills. Says Howard, “I realised I was faster than others when it came to certain movements, and that these reflexes were linked to my disorder”
Turns out this claim may have some truth to it:
Studies have shown that individuals with Tourette’s are “super-good at controlling their voluntary movements”
A hypothesis is that people with the condition become highly conscious of their physical actions as they learn to control their tics.
More power to you Howard! You are a role model to all!!