Muscular exercise is one of the first instincts of the human organism. The stretching out and manipulating of the legs and arms is among the earliest reflexes of the new-born. Because muscular exercise is so constantly a part of daily life and so obvious in its practical application, medical practitioners have come to regard its physiology as an established truth, into the true nature of which search is unnecessary. The subject of muscular exercise should be of more than mere academic interest to the pediatrist. A clearer understanding of the physiology of this subject and the establishment and effective application of physiologic standards will lead to a higher degree of efficiency of our school children and will increase our knowledge of diagnosis in children from a functional point of view. Only on the basis of quantitative scientific investigation of the physical capacity of normal children of all ages and
SEHAM M, EGERER-SEHAM G. PHYSIOLOGY OF EXERCISE IN CHILDHOOD: PART 1. A STUDY OF NORMAL CHILDREN OF SCHOOL AGE. Am J Dis Child. 1923;25(1):1–45. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1923.01920010006001
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