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To the Editor:—
I appreciate the fact that Dr. S. E. Bilik, for whose work I have profound respect and admiration, has taken the time to comment at length in a recent issue of The Journal (161:1502 [Aug. 11] 1956) on my article, "A Physician Looks at Athletics" (J. A. M. A.161:573 [June 16] 1956). I am in full accord with the basic principles that Dr. Bilik elucidated in his letter, but I am constrained to point out that he has misinterpreted my article to make it appear that my own opinions are contrary to these principles. I do not imply that there is "some sort of a tug of war between coaches... and physicians"; on the contrary, I am one of the many team physicians who enjoy an excellent and mutually profitable relationship with coaches. My position is that adequate health protection of athletic youngsters requires
Novich MM. ATHLETICS IN SCHOOL. JAMA. 1956;162(6):600. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970230072020