Daily Health Headlines

College Linemen Larger Than Ever, Study Finds

👤by Mary Elizabeth Dallas 0 comments 🕔Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

MONDAY, July 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Offensive linemen who play college football -- even at small Division III schools -- are getting bigger than ever, a new study shows.

Researchers at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston found these players were 38 percent heavier than their counterparts were in 1956. Meanwhile, the average male's weight increased only 12 percent during the same period.

"Through selective recruiting, weight training and nutrition ['hyper-nutrition'], we end up with a population of large linemen," said senior study author Dr. David Greenblatt, professor of integrative physiology and pathobiology.

"The public health issue is that everybody involved with American football needs to develop concerted ways to assure the health of players when their football days are over," he said in a Tufts news release.

"The results of our study emphasize the importance of helping these players to develop a healthy post-football lifestyle in order to reduce their risks of serious long-term health complications," Greenblatt added.

Such complications include heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.

For the study, the researchers examined the football rosters of 10 colleges and universities in the New England Small College Athletic Conference. Rosters from 1956 to 2014 were analyzed in five-year intervals.

The researchers divided the players in groups based on the position they played. Using game programs and rosters available online, they also recorded the athletes' weight, height and BMI -- a measure used to determine if someone is a healthy weight for their height. The data on the players was then compared with a control group of average men between the ages of 20 and 29.

The mean weight of the offensive linemen in the study surged 38 percent, but their height increased only 3.8 percent overall since 1956, the study found.

The researchers noted the weight changes among players in other positions, such as quarterbacks, wide receivers and kickers, were similar to the men in the control group.

After analyzing the players' BMI, the study showed the average BMI of the offensive linemen in 1956 was 26, compared to nearly 34 in 2014.

Nearly one out of three offensive linemen had a BMI greater than 35. None of the offensive linemen who played in the conference in 1956 had a BMI over 35. The researchers explained that people with a BMI over 30 are considered obese.

The researchers added that more studies are needed to determine if athletes in other Division III conferences had similar changes in size over the past several decades.

The findings were published on July 12 in the Journal of Athletic Training.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

Article Credits / Source

Mary Elizabeth Dallas / HealthDay

Mary Elizabeth Dallas wrote this story for HealthDay. HealthDay provides up to the minute breaking health news. Click here to view this full article from HealthDay.

SOURCE: Tufts University, news release, July 12, 2016

View More Articles From Mary Elizabeth Dallas 🌎View Article Website

Sponsored Product

Lunar Sleep for $1.95

Lunar Sleep for $1.95

People who have trouble sleeping typically have low levels of melatonin, so melatonin supplements seem like a logical fix for insomnia. There is a high demand for sleep aids, especially in the U.S. The National Health Interview Survey done in 2002, and again in 2007, found 1.6 million US adults were using complementary and alternative sleep aids for insomnia. Lunar Sleep was a top choice. Use Promo Code: Sleep2014 and only pay $1.95 S&H.

Get Lunar Sleep for $1.95

More Diet & Weight Management Articles

Balloon-in-a-Pill Helped Obese Patients Lose Weight

Balloon-in-a-Pill Helped Obese Patients Lose Weight0

FRIDAY, Nov. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Obese patients who swallowed balloon capsules that helped them eat less lost an average of 15 pounds, roughly two times more weight than patients who just dieted and exercised, researchers report. The ...

Follow-Up Appointments Boost Weight-Loss Surgery Success

Follow-Up Appointments Boost Weight-Loss Surgery Success0

"This study shows there is great value in seeing patients at routine intervals after surgery in terms of health outcomes," said study co-author Dr. Andrea Schwoerer. She was at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University at the time of ...

Skip Dinner and Maybe Boost Your Metabolism

Skip Dinner and Maybe Boost Your Metabolism0

THURSDAY, Nov. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Overweight people who eat during a much smaller window of time each day than is typical report fewer hunger swings and burn slightly more fat at certain times during the night, according to a new ...

Lack of Sleep May Stretch Your Waistline

Lack of Sleep May Stretch Your Waistline0

THURSDAY, Nov. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Too little sleep may contribute to a larger waistline, researchers say. The new research included 11 studies with a total of 172 participants. Compared to those who got enough sleep, those who were ...

phentermine (Adipex-P, Lomaira)

phentermine (Adipex-P, Lomaira)0

home / health & living center / diet & weight management a-z list / phentermine index / phentermine (adipex-p, lomaira) drug monograph Pharmacy Author: Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD Omudhome Ogbru, ...

View More Diet & Weight Management Articles


Write a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Our Mailing List

Subscribe to our mailing list to get the latest health news as it breaks!

Your information will not be shared with anyone!