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Pro Football Players May Die Earlier Than Their Peers, Study Says

The professional football industry has been rocked by plenty of bad press in recent years, from domestic violence charges to studies linking the sport to chronic brain injury. Now, just ahead of this weekend’s Super Bowl, a new study casts another shadow over the game: Career players in the National Football League (NFL) have slightly higher rates of early death than their peers who didn’t play professionally, according to a report published in JAMA. The difference in mortality rate between NFL players and non-NFL players was not statistically significant, meaning that the total number of deaths in the study was too low to rule out that the results could be due to chance. But the study authors say the findings are still concerning, and that scientists should continue tracking football players after retirement to see if stronger links can be found. The new study stands in contrast to previous research suggesting that football players live longer than members of the general public. On one hand, those previous findings make sense, says Dr. Atheendar Venkataramani, lead author of the new study and assistant professor of medical ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. Professional athletes spend their careers in top physical shape and get plenty of exercise, and even after retirement, they often have the money and resources to stay fit. They also get the best health care. But playing football has also been linke...
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