According to a recent study conducted by British researchers, practicing high level sport increases life expectancy. But not all subjects are created equal.
Top athletes live an average of 13% longer than the rest of the population, according to their work led by Professor Les Mayu, head of research at the UK’s International Longevity Centre.
To reach this conclusion, the scientists analyzed data from the United Kingdom’s Office for National Statistics (ONS), which covered the period from 1841 to 2020, and that pertained only to professional players playing football or cricket. , rugby, tennis, golf, boxing, or horse racing.
Tennis and Golf will be given priority
And at the top of the ranking of life-prolonging sports, we find … tennis. The study noted that since 1968 – the year Wimbledon became the first tournament to welcome professionals – life expectancy of players has increased by 25%.
On the second leg of the podium are golfers. Both of these sports offer good life expectancy because they “can be played at a relatively high level until a relatively late age,” note the researchers.
The third place, surprisingly, is occupied by rugby players. Despite setbacks during matches and training, the life expectancy of rugby players has increased from an average of 6% before the 1960s to about 11% today. Then come the cricketers.
For their part, football players have a life expectancy similar to that of the general population. Players today live far less than those who played before the 1960s. The authors point out that players played fewer matches at that time and, therefore, had a lower risk of injury.
Boxing and horse riding at the bottom of the rankings
With regard to jockeys, they live an average of 12% shorter than other professional athletes. Even though races are less dangerous today than they were in the 1900s, violent falls on a horse are frequent.
For boxers, surprisingly, they have the shortest life expectancy. On average, they live 25% less than other men practicing high-performance sports.
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