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June 26, 1972

Life Expectancy of College Oarsmen

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From Harvard University Health Services, Cambridge, Mass.

JAMA. 1972;220(13):1709-1711. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03200130039008

For 100 years, college rowing has been accused of producing injury and early death. Earlier studies indicated that rowing was safe, and that athletics do not injure the heart or shorten life. One hundred seventy-two varsity oarsmen, when compared with random controls, lived longer. The factors contributing to this longevity do not include height, social class, or educational level.