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Impact of Football-Related Weight Gain

March 19, 2019

Thanks to the thousands of former players who completed our First Health and Wellness Questionnaire (Q1), we are gaining a clearer picture of your health. Below are early research results on the potential consequences of football-related weight gain, along with action steps you and your peers might take to be proactive about your health.

What the Science Says

Our research indicates that former players who experienced substantial weight gain between high school football and professional play may be at a higher risk for later-life disease. Specifically, we found that:

*Heart disease refers to heart attack, stroke, or heart surgery, while cardiometabolic conditions represents high cholesterol, blood pressure, or blood sugar. Neurocognitive impairment refers to a diagnosis of dementia or memory loss.

While past research has demonstrated the consequences of post-career weight gain, this is the first study to show that play-related weight gain may be harmful to former players, regardless of the player’s present-day weight.



Potential Action Steps

If you’ve experienced substantial weight gain over the course of your football career:


Below is a list of external resources that may assist you in being proactive about your overall health:

If you have questions about the information above or would like to learn more about the Study, please call us (617.432.5000) or email us.