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December 21, 1994

Let's Stop Boxing in the Olympics and the US Military

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Skiatook, Okla

JAMA. 1994;272(23):1821. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03520230031027

To the Editor.  —While I agree with some of Dr Lundberg's rationale1 in curtailing boxing, I believe that he is off base in asking the armed forces to ban boxing. I would like to refer you to COL Larry Donnithorne's recent book, The West Point Way of Leadership,2 to understand why boxing is an integral part of a soldier's training:Boxing causes more anxiety in the cadets than any other aspect of physical training. Many cadets—like many civilians—have never taken a punch in the nose. Suddenly they come face to face with their fear. As far as the cadets are concerned, the second worse thing that can happen to them is losing the match. But far and away the worst is that they may turn and run out of the ring. If they do, they must return, or they will not graduate. They must learn to face fear,

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