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NIOSH Facts: NFL mortality study.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1993; :1-2
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00232586
Abstract
A study was performed by NIOSH to determine whether professional football players in the National Football League (NFL) had an increased risk of dying prematurely compared to the general population. A study group of 6,848 former NFL players was found to have a death rate 46% less than the general population, with a reduced risk of death by violence, accidents, and cancer. However, NFL players who were offensive or defensive linemen had a significantly increased risk of death by heart disease; players in the largest body size category, 64% of all linemen, had a six times greater risk of heart disease than those of normal size. An increased incidence of nervous system disorders was noted in former NFL players, including four who died of Lou Gehrig's disease. NIOSH recommends that players have regular medical checkups and be aware of heart disease during and after retirement in order to prevent the disorder.
Keywords
Athletes; Mortality-rates; Mortality-data; Mortality-surveys; Cardiovascular-disease; Nervous-system-disorders; Risk-analysis
Publication Date
19930101
Document Type
Other
Fiscal Year
1993
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Source Name
NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2 pages
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