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12-11-2012, 09:10 AM
Kriss E
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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.
Meanwhile the life expectancy of an Olympic athlete is higher than the average.
Again, you compared the health of an athlete to the one of a drug addicted anorexic. Talk about an over exaggeration.
Lets get back to what was actually being discussed, the fitness level.
Regardless of whether or not a player suffers long term damaging injuries or not, having some of the best coaches in the world is a privilege. Whether it is worth the injury risk or not is another question.
They worked hard to get where they are, and they deserve that privilege.
Also, I don't consider a 73yo life expectancy to be that bad at all.

Last edited by Kriss E: 12-11-2012 at 09:46 AM.
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