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June 5, 1981

Sports Medicine

Author Affiliations

Newark, NJ
From the Department of Surgery, New Jersey Medical School, Newark.

JAMA. 1981;245(21):2223-2225. doi:10.1001/jama.1981.03310460075038

The decade of the 1970s saw sports medicine come into its own. Much research in the field dealt with the cardiovascular aspects of exercise, and emphasis was placed on the potential for improving quality of life, particularly with knowledge from exercises such as aerobic dancing and jogging. By the end of the 1970s, most of these data had been well documented. As we move into the 1980s, I think it is appropriate to deal with more recent, less well-known developments.

Diabetes  In the past, diabetes was frequently considered a medical cause for disqualification from participation in sports, particularly in children. Luther B. Travis, MD, of the University of Texas has stated that while children with diabetes are more susceptible to problems during sustained physical activity, this should in no way be considered as cause for disqualification.1 On the contrary, when addressing the 1981 American Medical Association's 22nd National Conference