NFL, MLB Duke It Out in Game of Life

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Former National Football League (NFL) players had higher overall mortality than those who played Major League Baseball (MLB), a head-to-head comparison of elite professional athletes of similar ages showed.

At the end of follow-up, NFL players had a 26% higher rate of all-cause deaths, including a threefold greater likelihood of dying of neurodegenerative disease and more than twofold increased risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, Marc Weisskopf, PhD, ScD, of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, and colleagues reported in JAMA Network Open.

Previous research has suggested American football players have lower mortality than the general population. While a small study compared deaths among longstanding NFL players and replacements who played during an NFL players’ strike and found no difference in overall death rates, the current analysis is the first to compare deaths of NFL players with another group of professional career athletes.

The study also comes at a time when new evidence about head trauma and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) among NFL players is emerging.

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