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April 29, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLIV(17):1374. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500440050011

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Even among the apparently milder forms of children's athletics there are some that are capable of producing injury or are even deadly at times. The newspapers have recently reported the death from heart failure of three children in a skipping-rope competition and a little later another case of fatal appendicitis from the same cause was also reported in the press dispatches. Such deaths are not so rare and it would seem a proper subject of inquiry just how far and why this particular form of exertion is more dangerous than other similar pastimes indulged in by young children so commonly at this season of the year. In some respects it would seem an almost ideal exercise in moderation, but we do not hear so often of death occurring in other games involving equal or even greater, though more varied, muscular exertion. All excesses and overexertion should, of course, be discouraged,

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