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Sept 9, 1968

Sports Medicine in the World Today

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Methodist Hospital of Brooklyn, NY.

JAMA. 1968;205(11):762-763. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140370064014

The first important attempt to form and define the area of sports medicine was made in Dresden, Germany, in 1911 at the World Hygienic Exposition, with a special department for hygiene of physical exercise.

This exposition was the first reflection of the concepts of physicians from central Europe dealing with medical and hygienic problems in physical exercise, education, and sports.

In 1913, a meeting of French physicians was held in Paris. The discussion covered the physiology and kinesiology of physical exercise. The French have since attributed great importance to this meeting by calling it the First Congress of Sports Medicine.

World War I brought these activities to a standstill for many years. Finally, during the winter Olympics of 1928, in St. Moritz, Switzerland, Dr. Knoll of Switzerland and Dr. Latarjet of France took the initiative to call a meeting of 32 Olympic team physicians. This meeting established a committee with