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April 22, 1974

Sports and Streaking

JAMA. 1974;228(4):499-500. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230290047034

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Physicians, like other normal persons, have an abiding interest in athletic competitions. For most physicians, the interest is purely vicarious as spectators, but not for all. At the national level, the AMA Committee on Medical Aspects of Sports has sponsored annual conferences that have had an important influence on promoting safety in equipment, methodology, and usage for sports adventures. JAMA has honored the Olympic Games with special issues, the last published Aug 28, 1972. On the local level, some physicians have given unstintingly and without monetary recompense of their time as team physicians for high school football teams. An example is Julian P. Price, MD, pediatrician, past trustee of the AMA Board of Trustees, who served 14 years as advisor, partial coach, and healer to the high school football team in his home town, Florence, SC. For the professional athletes, of course, physicians are serving more or less full time,