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January 28, 1974

Pediatric Concerns About Competitive Preadolescent Sports

Author Affiliations

From the University of Texas Medical School, San Antonio, Texas.

JAMA. 1974;227(4):418-419. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230170034008

The physician who cares for children and young adults has come to realize that competitive sports are now played universally in all parts of the country, and that guidelines for safe participation are needed. Since children are not miniature adults, but represent the various stages of maturation into adulthood, their problems must be carefully individualized and the child must be fit to the sport as well as the sport to the child. The physician must not content himself merely with rules to protect the child; he must encourage the participation of all children in a program adapted to their capabilities.