Former baseball players have big, strong bones in old age

Decades after exercising, male athletes see health benefits persist

PLAYING HARDBALL  For professional ballplayers, a childhood spent throwing baseballs can make the upper arm bone of the throwing arm twice as strong as that of the nonthrowing arm. Though strength fades with age, some of the strength benefits last until former players are in their 80s.

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