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December 3, 1982

Sports Medicine in Primary Care

JAMA. 1982;248(21):2909. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330210081048

A general physician's practice in sports medicine requires extensive knowledge and skills in basic and clinical areas of medicine in addition to years of experience in a variety of physical activities. In Western and Eastern European countries the need for specialization in sports medicine was recognized many years ago, and extensive workshops were offered as a prerequisite for a certification process. Possibly this might happen in the United States too, because the recent popular fitness movement can only prosper with sufficient medical attention. Sports Medicine in Primary Care provides some guidance to the general medical practitioner who lives in a sports-minded community. It familiarizes the reader with a score of physiological, medical, and pathological problems that may be encountered in practice.

Chapter 1, dealing with physiological aspects of exercise, has to be read with a critical mind. Several statements, at least, are debatable. General physical conditioning is emphasized not only