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Could Tourette’s syndrome make a goalkeeper better?

Could Tourette’s syndrome make a goalkeeper better?

Despite the USA losing 2-1 to Belgium in the FIFA World Cup, it could have been a lot worse had it not been for goalkeeper Tim Howard breaking the record for most saves in a World Cup match with 16. Previously, the USA player has suggested that the fact he lives with Tourette's syndrome - a condition characterised by multiple motor tics, and at least one vocal tic - has made him a better athlete. 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.