Recent issues of The Journal contain articles on hazards associated with boxing.1 These reports have received wide publicity in the lay press, which seems to indicate grave concern over the prevention of severe and disabling injuries in sports. There are more than a few critics who contend that some aspects of sports are becoming less competitive and more commercialized, which suggests a suspicion of domination by other than sports fans. Perhaps the publicity given to injuries and bribes has been sufficient to give rise to such a sour viewpoint, but it should not be the grounds for a general indictment of athletic competitions. If there are faults, medical or otherwise, they should be exposed and corrective measures adopted. They should not, however, be used to cause a nation to lose interest in sports, physical competition, and maintaining physical fitness.
Boxing, baseball, basketball, fencing, tennis, log-rolling, wrestling, football, and rifle
MEDICAL EXAMINATIONS FOR ATHLETES. JAMA. 1952;150(15):1490–1491. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680150044013