A short article at SFGate (San Francisco Chronicle) shares some information about cardiovascular risks associated with running….and again suggests the value in careful pre-participation screening. Another article that relates to my previous post, “Who Needs a Doctor?”
Nice article at Science Daily last week, entitled “Despite Size, NFL Players Not More Likely to Develop Heart Disease Even After Retirement,” commenting on a report in the September issue of American Journal of Cardiology.
Many football players, at all levels, have a body mass index (BMI) that puts them in the “overweight” or “obese” categories. Since we know that obesity is a strong risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, one might suspect that ex-football players would have a high rate of cardiovascular disease. Perhaps, surprisingly, this isn’t so.