Gymnasts Risk Greater Exposure to Chemical Hazards

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A study conducted by the Boston University School of Public Health has found that competitive gymnasts face greater exposure to flame-retardant chemicals used to treat polyurethane foam in gym equipment. The chemical, known at PentaBDE, is known to affect brain development in children and fertility in women, as well as cause changes in thyroid hormones. It was phased out of production nearly a decade ago, says the research team, but older equipment treated with the chemical is still in use.

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