Originally Posted by zachvac
I always thought it had to do with the negative side-effects. No one complains when people eat healthy/work out, it's when people take **** that can be super-damaging long-term to your body. I don't know that much about the issue but I think it's just that in that kind of system it's basically impossible to be near the top in any sport without ****ing up your body long-term. I guess that's kinda true either way in sports like football (avg life span is like 45 or something?) but in general most sports try to keep an image of not ****ing up athletes long-term.
athletes (not including PED users) including football players live longer than average lives. they've done recent studies to show this. american football players live as long as baseball players, and they both live longer than average. The only athletes that probably have a lower average lifespan might be professional wrestlers. Although I doubt any broad studies have been done on professional wrestlers. And in their case as much damage is done because of away from the sport causes (drinking, drugs, obesity, etc) as damage done to their bodies in the ring.
while the nfl has some serious long term injury issues to address, the argument that football is literally killing NFL veterans is patently false. This is also why the retired nfl vets are going to have a hard time winning law suits in court claiming they are owed disability, greater, pensions, or damages for their time in the nfl. The stats don't support them on a broad level, and in general football players lived healthier lives than non football players.
Any job that requires most of the employees to be in near peak physical condition for nearly the entire year is going to have positive impacts on long term health conditions. Just no comparison to average joes working manual day jobs or desk jobs.
all that being said I do think our burgeoning understanding of the long term impacts of concussions may drastically change the landscape of amateur football within 25-30 years. I wouldn't be shocked if college football becomes a form of professional football, and amateur state sponsored high school football is outlawed in most states.