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12-10-2012, 08:53 PM
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Originally Posted by DAChampion View Post
You should, because that's the only reason it takes place.

Is the health of former professional athletes "absolute garbage" ???

They have substantially shorter average lifespans:
Professional Football Lineman 52 years
Professional Boxer 61 years
Professional Sumo Wrestler 62 years*
Professional Baseball Player 64 years
Professional Track & Field Athlete 77 years
This link implies 73 years for ice hockey players:

I'm not sure if those numbers are bad enough to count as "absolute garbage", but they're bad.

Overall, the general medical/physiological picture of pro athletes is not one of privilege, though there are corners to that picture that imply privilege.

The big picture physiologically is 1 step forward and 2 steps back, you're pointing out that the 1 step forward is a privilege. You're correct, the 1-step forward is a privilege.
Interesting post
Has anyone weighed in with or considered adding to the equation the drugs/performance enhancers that the athletes WILLINGLY take to get to the "bigs" or to stay there?

also, there's the lifestyle that some athletes happily and willing succumb to ie/ drinking drugs and late night partying.
Now it may be part of the culture but its a life choice. If it shortens life span is it due to the sport or the individual?

If a young man wants to be a lineman or a sumo wrestler he must realize that that comes with expectations of size and weight.
Size and weight add to health complications which in turn shorten lives. This is their decision.
Now by extension we are saying due to this they should get paid more? I don't see it.

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