A new study states players may be at a higher risk for diabetes and other medical conditions later in life.
U.S. (WiredPRNews.com) – A new study proposes that college linemen may have an increased risk of developing certain health conditions later in life. As reported by LiveScience.com, researchers found that football linemen may be at risk for becoming obese, or developing diabetes, heart disease, and other health issues.
Ohio State University football team physician James Borchers is quoted in the report as stating of the implications for the study findings, “A risk associated with the emphasis on needing to be bigger is that some can’t obtain that size with just lifting, so they’re getting some of that body mass in an unhealthy fashion… Clinicians also really need to be paying attention when these guys are done playing. Many players will be done after college. What happens to their body weight then? Can we help decrease their risk for metabolic syndrome or insulin resistance, or even potential cardiovascular problems, with intervention by keeping an eye on their natural progression once they’re done playing? I think that’s where we can make an impact.”
More information about the study may be found in the December publication of the Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise journal.
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