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Athletes competing in this year's Olympic Games in Tokyo will be asked to cooperate in a study of longterm effects of athletic activity on health.
Those who agree to participate in the program will be given periodic physical examinations throughout their lives. Similar requests will be made of contestants in future Olympics.
Thus far, Olympic committees in the US, the Soviet Union, Belgium, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Chile, Great Britain, and Japan have agreed to cooperate.
The study is sponsored by the International Federation of Sports Medicine, the International Olympic Committee, the International Sports Federation, and the World Health Organization. Medical records of each participating athlete will be deposited with the Olympic Medical Archives, (OMA), Olympic Museum at Mon Repos, Lausanne, Switzerland.
"We hope the study will answer many puzzling questions about the effect of intense physical training on the body," said Joseph B. Wolffe, MD, chairman of the International Committee of
Olympic Athletes Participate In Long-Term Health Study. JAMA. 1964;189(11):38. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070110094054
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