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In recognition of the first summer Olympic Games held in the United States in more than 50 years, we are dedicating this issue of The Journal to the topic of sports medicine. We initiated our own competition by inviting authors to submit manuscripts on exercise physiology, training, nutrition, or any subject relevant to the aspirations typified by the Olympic Games. We received more than 100 major contributions for this singular issue. After undergoing rigorous review, the articles presented herein represent those selected by the editors for our Olympic issue.
Sports medicine, a relatively new specialty, owes its emergence to the technological advances of modern society and the burgeoning of leisure-time activity. Our ancestors, the hunters and gatherers of a more primitive planet, depended on their physical talents for existence. They survived each day on their ability to find dinner while avoiding becoming something else's lunch. The fleet of foot found
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