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November 17, 1956


JAMA. 1956;162(12):1109-1111. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970290005002

• The Fédération Internationale Médico-Sportive (FIMS) first convened in 1928, when 33 physicians from 11 countries met in connection with the Winter Olympic Games. The organization has continued in spite of interruption by World War II. Its purpose has been to inaugurate relevant scientific research, to promote the study of medical problems encountered in sports and physical exercise, and to organize international congresses to be held simultaneously with the Olympic Games. The 11 th International Congress was held this year in Luxembourg. The list of topics discussed in the past includes such problems as standard charts for examination and evaluation of athletes, tests of physical fitness, medical guidance in physical exercise, therapeutic exercise, orthopedics and traumatism, evaluation of physical education training, women in sports, and young people in competitive athletics. The FIMS has also been able to help with the organization of occasional scientific meetings and national conventions when help was needed by the organizing committees in various countries. In 1954 there were 23 national associations concerned with the diffusion of the concept of medicine related to sports.