August 12, 1974

Women in Sports

Author Affiliations

Temple University Center for Sports Medicine and Science Philadelphia

JAMA. 1974;229(7):765-766. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230450015009

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To the Editor.—  The article on female athletics (228:1266, 1974) represents the position of the Committee on the Medical Aspects of Sports. It certainly marks a step forward. Although somewhat ambiguous, it helps dispel long-standing misconceptions regarding the physical capabilities of the female athlete, specifically, that there is no medical reason to exclude females from participating in contact sports with members of their own sex or, with the exception of football and ice hockey, with males of comparable physical abilities.I would like to point to what I believe to be three shortcomings of this communication. Although I fully agree with the concept that parallelathletic programs should be fostered and developed, it is questionable whether the Committee on the Medical Aspects of Sports should take a policy stand on matters that are not medically related and that are the responsibility of physical educators.Second, the Committee did not deal