To the Editor: In their study of cardiovascular risk factors in professional football players, Dr Tucker and colleagues1 found a higher prevalence of hypertension compared with a group of similar-aged men in the general population. However, 3 factors need to be noted regarding the validity of the blood pressure measurement and whether an elevated blood pressure in this study represents a cardiovascular risk factor.
Coplan N. Assessing Cardiovascular Risk Factors in National Football League Players. JAMA. 2009;302(11):1166. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1327