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Atendency to think that it is less important for girls to be physically fit than boys was critized by a young woman physican who is a former Olympic figure skating gold medalist.
Tenley Albright, MD, Boston, Mass, a champion in the 1956 Olympics, told the sixth National Conference on the Medical Aspects of Sports in Miami Beach, "We want to prepare girls for their role of being the mothers of strong, healthy men."
Albright, the daughter of a physician, is now practicing general surgery with her father, but she maintains a strong interest in sports medicine "because so many of us are interested in not just being disease-free, but in making the most of feeling our best."
Speaking on a panel concerning sports for the teenager, the MD-champion ice skater explained, "Sports medicine is studying girls and their physiology with the idea of answering what is safe, sensible, and possible
Physician-Athlete Stresses the Importance of Physical Fitness Activities for Girls. JAMA. 1964;190(11):32-33. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070240072036