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September 13, 1995

Air Force Academy Ends Mandatory Boxing Activity

JAMA. 1995;274(10):784. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03530100018006

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IN RESPONSE to mounting pressure from the medical community, the US Air Force Academy has eliminated boxing as a mandatory activity.

Until now, boxing was offered at the Army, Navy, and Air Force academies as an intramural sport and a mandatory combative training course. But now Air Force cadets will not be required to box as freshmen; they will have the option of taking the course as sophomores and may still participate intramurally. "If any cadet boxes at the [Air Force] academy, it will be because he wants to," says Capt Will Lane, executive officer of the athletic department.

Events leading to this decision stem in part from an editorial by George D. Lundberg, MD, editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Medical Association, published June 8,1994. A longtime opponent of boxing, Lundberg called on the surgeons general of the US Army, Navy, and Air Force to influence the elimination

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