The study examined 900 former elite athletes and their brothers, and found, on average, former elite athletes survive 2-3 years longer than their brothers. In addition, their self-rated health and health-related habits are better in comparison to their brothers at an older age.
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Titta Kontro from the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Jyväskylä. Kontro investigated whether all-cause mortality and the development of behavioural and biological risk factors differ between athletes and their brothers in later life.
” Across all age groups, former elite athletes survived on average 2 to 3 years longer than their brothers, but at an old age there were no significant differences in all-cause mortality. Former endurance sports athletes lived longer than power sports athletes. Correspondingly, endurance sports athletes’ brothers lived longer than power sports athletes’ brothers,” Kontro says.