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November 17, 1956


JAMA. 1956;162(12):1134-1138. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970290030009

• The physician's interest in sports is twofold, for he may participate actively or he may be enlisted as an adviser on hygiene to athletic organizations or as a specialist in the treatment of athletic injuries. Several societies devoted to sports medicine exist, and important research is being done in this field. Physicians have also distinguished themselves as participants in many varieties of sport. It is necessary for the physician to adapt these activities to his changing capacities as he grows older. He may be inclined to exert himself immoderately after long periods of athletic inactivity and to view physical conditioning as a nuisance. His problem is to find time for frequent, regular, and moderate physical exercise and for relaxation and companionship. The many examples here given show that the problem can be solved.