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Do football players have a higher risk of sleep apnea?

According to this study, which examined a total of 137 active veteran players from 6 NFL teams, sleep disordered breathing wasn’t nearly as pervasive among players as you’d imagine. It was “modest,” predominately “mild” and any sleep disordered breathing documented did not account for excess cardiovascular risk factors.

I admit, I was scratching my head at this one. I would have guessed that the scientists confirmed the obvious--that football players are more likely to have sleep disordered breathing, which in turn increases their risk for cardiovascular problems. What really surprised me was reading that linemen and non-linemen were no different in their prevalence or severity of sleep disordered breathing!

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