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July 27, 1984

Pediatric Sports Medicine for the Practitioner: From Physiologic Principles to Clinical Applications

Author Affiliations

The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

JAMA. 1984;252(4):557. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350040079039

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Physicians who care for children are often called upon to render advice on sports and exercise. Long before the physical fitness fad struck the adult sector, children used sports to have fun, work off steam, test themselves against their peers, and learn about real life. Their physicians, once called on only to tend their wounds, now must be prepared to advise on exercise appropriate to age, size, development, and any concurrent disease, and to control access to many competitive activities.

This well-written, carefully documented book provides a great deal of information by which such decisions can be informed. Its extended title accurately describes the focus of the book: exercise physiology in the immature human, with special applications to children with several forms of chronic disorders. Two initial chapters clearly describe the response of children of differing age, sex, and size to exercise. Applications to children with pulmonary, cardiovascular, endocrine, nutritional,