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March 3, 1923

PHYSICAL CAPACITY IN CHILDHOOD

JAMA. 1923;80(9):628. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640360036011
Abstract

It has become the custom in recent years to speak glibly of "corrective exercises," with the implication that they may play a noteworthy part in both the prevention and the cure of undesirable conditions, particularly during the period of adolescence. If the alleged effectiveness of various types of muscular activity is as real as it has been pictured to be, the subject assuredly deserves most respectful attention from the clinician. A recent writer has remarked that because muscular exercise is so constantly a part of daily life and so obvious in its practical application, medical practitioners have come to regard its physiology as an established truth, into the true nature of which search is unnecessary. The subject of muscular exercise, he adds, should be of more than mere academic interest to the pediatrician.

The problem of exercise in childhood, furthermore, is of importance not only because of the advantage that

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