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This section will provide the reader with current information related to the medical needs of young athletes and their parents. Much of the active play of children has become dominated by adults in highly structured recreation and games patterned after the model of varsity and professional sports. Such highly regulated play is creating a new constellation of health concerns for young participants in sports and their parents. Vigorous and competitive participation in sports is new to large numbers of high school women and the expansion of the number of sports offered to young men in most high schools has greatly increased their participation in interscholastic athletic programs. The young athlete's physician will find abundant opportunities to use his expertise in sports medicine topics. This section will bring to the reader information pertinent to counseling young athletes and their parents regarding appropriate participation in sports, practices contributing to health maintenance of
SMITH NJ. Sports Medicine: Purpose. Am J Dis Child. 1984;138(8):711. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1984.02140460003002
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