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October 6, 1962

Athletic Injuries: Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment

JAMA. 1962;182(1):98. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050400100034

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Dr. Thorndike draws on a vast fund of experience of over 30 years' association with a program concerned with athletic injuries and tabulates the most complete, consecutive set of statistics available on athletic injuries. There are excellent, readable introductory chapters on the physiology involved in physical fitness and in fatigue. Excellent sections are devoted to prevention of injuries and obligations of physicians who undertake the care of athletes.

There are several instances, in points of treatment, in which I would have to disagree with the author. In the discussion of a dislocated shoulder there is no differentiation made between the treatment for the initial dislocation and that for the recurrent dislocation. The recommended "application of heat and massage after two days and cautiously restricting shoulder motion in abduction for a period of three weeks" would not be considered adequate treatment for an initial dislocation in a young athlete. In such

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