Opinion EDITORIAL No Significant Increase, but Questions Remain Steven T. DeKosky, MD; Michael Jaffee, MD; Russell Bauer, PhD The many positive health benefits of regular exercise, includ- To achieve adequate numbers of the replacement play- ers’ contemporaries, the authors included all NFL players ing longer lifespan, outweigh the risks of being phys- ically active from both an individual and a population stand- who were in the league in roughly the same period: 5 years point. Although the risks of before and 5 years after the 1987 NFL players’ strike. The extreme sports and other ac- authors also were extremely diligent about tracking down all tivities with inherent risks are the regular NFL players who played between 1982 to 1992 Related article page 800 tolerated by participants and and matching them with the comparison group of replace- fans, there has been a resurgence of interest in the health of ment players. They grouped players by positions considered those who participate in contact sports, notably professional to be at similar risk. Description of the cases and the rationale American football, as well as hockey, lacrosse, soccer, rugby, for the statistical analyses were carefully done, using a com- and other sports in
JAMA – American Medical Association
Published: Feb 27, 2018
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