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How Tourette's-afflicted Tim Howard went from international ridicule to World Cup hero

9th July 2014

Avid football fans across the globe have been stunned at the goalkeeping displays of US goalkeeper Tim Howard.  What many people didn’t realise until the World Cup was that the amazing Everton player suffers from Tourette’s syndrome.

Tim made a stunning 15 saves during the US game against Belgium to keep his side in the tournament.  The quality of his performances are all the more remarkable because Tourette’s is a control disorder.

While many have marvelled at his ability the Everton man suggests this condition has helped to maintain his performance level.  This proves recent studies that have shown that people with Tourette's are "super-good at controlling their voluntary movements”. 

Most people with Tourette’s say that playing sport, which requires a great deal of concentration, helps in controlling the condition. This is perhaps a reason why the USA international has remained one of the world’s top goalkeepers.

“At the age of 18 or 19 I realised I was faster than others when it came to certain movements, and that these reflexes were linked to my disorder,” said Tim.

“The achievement is certainly the fact that I did not allow myself to be restricted by Tourette syndrome and continued along my path in football.

“I see myself as a positive example that Tourette syndrome does not have to be an illness. It's just a condition, which still allows anyone to fulfil their dreams.”

He is certainly a shining example that no matter what condition you suffer, you shouldn’t let it hamper your aspirations or dreams.

How Tourette's-afflicted Tim Howard went from international ridicule to World Cup hero

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