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The theme of this book is that sports should be used to strengthen and develop the body, as one might use medicine, and not overdone for the sake of records that demand using the last strength with the last breath. In Germany there is a tendency to overemphasize athletics for the sake of making new records and winning contests, as notably the Olympic games. Overtraining and overexertion are a detriment to physical development and well being. Generalized sports are not good for every one. Sports demand motions foreign to joints and organs. Athletic injuries are similar to industrial injuries, but the latter never demand overstrain except in the continued use of one set of muscles in certain types of work. Athletes are more prone to infection and their cuts, bruises and injured bones do not heal so well as other injuries. Athletes are often poor workers and cannot do good
Sport- und Arbeitsschäden: Eine Zusammenfassung klinischer Beobachtungen und wissenschaftlicher Erkenntnisse zur Biologie der Arbeit und Pathologie der Funktion. JAMA. 1937;108(1):71. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780010081033