A massive study published on Wednesday revealed NFL athletes carried a much higher risk for developing and dying from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
The study analyzed 19,423 former and current NFL athletes between 1960 to 2019 that played at least one professional game. The results found that NFL players had a four times higher incidence and mortality rates of ALS compared to the general U.S. male population. Those athletes who were diagnosed with ALS had been playing football for approximately two-and-half years longer than those without ALS.
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