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March 25, 1983

The Injured Athlete

JAMA. 1983;249(12):1643-1644. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330360077047

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The Injured Athlete is one of the most complete sports medicine texts that I have read to date. The author has organized the contributions of a variety of sports experts, including a nutritionist, physical therapist, trainer, sports psychologist, internal medicine specialist, orthopedist, biomechanics expert, and others, so that this text is truly an overall approach to the athlete's needs rather than merely another presentation of the evaluation and treatment of athletic injuries.

The first half of the text presents general considerations in sports medicine. It describes establishing an adequate prescreening history and physical examination for athletes, details the diagnosis and treatment of many medical problems often seen in athletes, and lists possible ramifications of these programs for the athlete. It presents the psychological needs of a competitive individual and introduces basic sports nutrition. A summary of the establishment of cardiovascular fitness programs and physiological conditioning programs for both children and