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Playing in the NFL might have long-term health problems

While previous studies have compared NFL players to an age-appropriate population of non-playing individuals and found that NFL players have lower mortality, these comparisons are unfair since NFL players are very dissimilar to the general population. However, in 1987, when the NFL players went on strike, their teams filled up the places with replacement players who had limited college or professional football experience. Comparisons with replacement players have shown that NFL players have 38% higher risk of death. Also, there was a higher probability of death due to traffic accidents, drug overdose and neurological diseases which shows that indeed NFL players have higher risks of early death.

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