Study: NFL players live longer than general population

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 10:00pm

BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) - The NFL is informing players about a study that says players are likely to live longer than men in the general population.

The study was commissioned by the players union and was conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), who began collecting data for the study in 1990.

The study looked at over three thousand players who were in the NFL for at least five seasons between 1959 and 1988.

They found a lower death rate among former NFL players then men in the general population.

They also found players had a lower rate of cancer-related death and lower rate of deaths from heart disease. The study did not address cognitive or mental health issues.

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