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May 21, 1932


JAMA. 1932;98(21):1825-1826. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730470047022

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The Heart and Athletic Training  Professor Vaquez, heart specialist, considered the question as to the effects of intense physical training and of sport activities on the functioning of the heart. He made experiments on the mean arterial pressure, at the special school at Joinville, for the training of athletic instructors in the army, and studied the effects of various forms of exercise on the heart of subjects who had received systematic training. After the 300 meter dash, he measured in many subjects the acceleration of the pulse, the maximum and the mean arterial pressure, and the time required for a return to normal circulatory conditions. He made the following observations:

  1. Subjects who have received systematic training have, after a severe test, about the same acceleration of the pulse as subjects who have not had such training. The pulse cannot, therefore, be considered as a sign of aptitude or inaptitude for

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