Health concerns for NFL players
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Health concerns for NFL players

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      This summary contains information that may be related to your health. You are being sent this because you played for the National Football League (NFL) for at least five seasons during the 1959 to 1988 playing seasons.

      In 1990, the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) asked researchers at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to look at the rate and causes of death among players. NIOSH is a government research agency within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Our mission at NIOSH is to conduct research that will improve job safety and health. We received the request from the NFLPA because there were concerns with shortened life span and heart disease among players. There are many different types of heart disease; all cause the heart to work incorrectly. Heart disease can cause arrhythmia, heart attacks, and heart failure.

      In 1994, NIOSH finished the study and noted some concerns with heart disease among players, but felt further study was needed. We recently finished a study that better examined the health risks of the players.

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