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February 14, 1972

Evaluation for Exercise ParticipationThe Apparently Healthy Individual

JAMA. 1972;219(7):900-901. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03190330060016

Patients frequently ask physicians about the advisability of undertaking exercise Programs which involve vigorous physical activity. Sometimes physicians are requested to supply a statement of good health for a patient who wishes to participate in an organized program requiring such a statement. These requests are a reflection of the increased interest of many people today in attaining and maintaining physical fitness.

This report assists the physician in evaluating the apparently healthy person who wishes to undertake vigorous exercise. It attempts to help him to discriminate among those persons whose diseases or defects indicate a need for special evaluation before undertaking exercise from those for whom this special evaluation is unnecessary. It also contains suggestions concerning tests and examinations that may be used in determining whether the patient meets the arbitrary standard of "apparently healthy" and can be so classified. The person, whether young or old, who can be said to