New Study Finds Most NFL Players' Health May Be Lower
By Ty McRobotface
NEW YORK—A new study released by the American Lung Association has found that in addition to the direct health risks associated with playing football, the majority of NFL players are exposed to a variety of higher-level, more physically demanding conditions that could potentially cause their health to decline. “We found that more than 90 percent of NFL players experience chronic stress, depression, and anxiety while playing football, which may make them less healthy and likely to suffer cardiac, liver, or kidney disease,” said study co-author Dr. Leslie Martinez, adding that they also observed a significant positive correlation between the NFL player’s health and the number of games played. “Our data also showed that, while football players are at a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, and diabetes, they are less likely to develop depression, and, in fact, are more likely to develop depression and anxiety, which may make them more susceptible to developing other conditions such as cancer.” Martinez went on to say that the study’s findings may not be completely reliable, however, as any player’s health may not necessarily reflect their own.