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August 11, 1956


JAMA. 1956;161(15):1502-1503. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970150070020

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To the Editor:—  Physicians are deeply interested in modern methods of conducting rigorous combative sports with maximum safety for participants. However, it is questionable whether the article by Novich, "A Physician Looks at Athletics" (J. A. M. A.161:573 [June 16] 1956) offers a helpful approach to existing problems. The writer implies that there is some sort of a tug of war between coaches bent on misusing youngsters and team physicians striving valiantly to protect them. At Weequahic High School ( Newark, N. J. ) where Dr. Novich is the team physician, the sports program is directed by Charlie Schneider, a prototype of the scholarly, dedicated physical educator who has for decades guided and fussed over his charges with the care of a mother. There are undoubtedly isolated instances of brutal misuse of youngsters by morons masquerading as coaches, but the great mass of our physical educators are profoundly sincere, conscientious,

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