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July 19, 1924


JAMA. 1924;83(3):208-209. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660030046023

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Systematic Examinations of Athletes and Sportsmen  For a year and a half, regular examinations have been made of the cardiovascular system of athletes at the institute called "Herzstation." This institution is the outcome of the late war, for nearly all the soldiers suspected of cardiovascular affections had to pass through the hands of the specialists attached to the institute. Acting on a suggestion by Prof. R. Kaufmann, the chief physician, several football clubs of Vienna had their members examined in the Herzstation, especially before and after important matches. Gradually, it became a regular custom to come for physical examination before entering a sporting club as an active member, and now it is the routine of all such clubs to have their members examined periodically. More than 4,500 athletes of both sexes are thus under control as regards their physical fitness from the view of the physician, which need not always

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