May 30, 1959


Author Affiliations

Meriden, Conn.

Chairman, A. M. A. ad hoc Committee on Amphetamines and Athletics.

JAMA. 1959;170(5):562. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010050056009

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IN JUNE, 1957, a resolution presented to the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association condemned what was alleged to be a widespread use of amphetamine substances by coaches, trainers, and athletes to improve athletic performance. As a result, the Board of Trustees appointed a special committee to investigate these charges. The ad hoc Committee on Amphetamines and Athletics conducted a survey of opinions and practices among those connected with the direction and training of athletes. This was done with the cooperation of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletic Associations, and the National Federation of High School Athletic Associations. After many contacts with physicians and other persons connected with amateur and professional sports, the Committee reported to the Board of Trustees that the observed use of these drugs is apparently very small.

A review of the available literature relating to the pharmacology and uses

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