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To the Editor:
—To all those who are interested in the health of schoolchildren, the editorial on "High School Athletics" (The Journal, Nov. 14, 1914, p. 1765) is most welcome. Criticisms of unregulated and unguarded high school athletics are, however, often undeserved. I would join with you in the appreciation of well-conducted physical training work in the gymnasium. There are, however, two forms of athletics: the intensive, which is the usual form, in which a few boys in the school are collected on account of their individual powers to undergo a course of training and to represent their school on the athletic field, and the extensive form of athletics, in which we endeavor to get all of the student population in healthful athletic training.In New York City we carry on the intensive form, but have emphasized strongly in recent years the more popular distribution of the benefits of athletics.
Crampton CW. Proper Regulation of School Athletics. JAMA. 1914;LXIII(22):1970. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02570220080034