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February 21, 1959

ESSENTIAL MEDICAL SUPERVISION IN ATHLETICS FOR CHILDREN

Author Affiliations

Rochester, Minn.

From the Section of Pediatrics, Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation. The Mayo Foundation is a part of the Graduate School of the University of Minnesota.

JAMA. 1959;169(8):786-788. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03000250004002
Abstract

The physician called on to judge a child's readiness for a given form of athletics must understand both the sport and the child. Certain contact sports, especially when competition is intense, are too severe for immature boys. Puberty is one criterion for maturity, but the best basis for advice regarding participation in sports is examination by the physician, in his office, at regular intervals from infancy. On this basis the physician can do much to insure the proper choice of sports and to protect the child from injury and exploitation. Cooperation between physician and coach is important to this end.

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