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November 17, 1956

THE OLYMPIC GAMES AND THE OLYMPIC IDEAL

JAMA. 1956;162(12):1105-1109. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970290001001
Abstract

• The Olympic Games are of such a personal nature to the world that they can even override serious political differences between countries. Here is presented how athletic training, the forerunner of the games, had its beginning. In considering the trials and tribulations that befell the growth of gymnastic exercise, it will be seen that physicians are involved not only in the etiology but almost as equally as competitors in the actual contests. New organizations, such as the American College of Sports Medicine, assure greater participation by the medical profession in future athletic affairs.

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