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A popular and current dictionary defines the athlete as one who is ". . . fit to contend in exercises requiring physical ability, stamina, and often, strength." Ideally the assessment of physical fitness is a responsibility of the Doctor of Medicine, to be practiced before, during, and after the season of athletic competition. In reality the task often is performed over a shorter season by a trainer who may or may not be adequately qualified, or by a coach whose qualifications for this aspect of his work are almost certainly exceeded by a desire to field a winning team.
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Medical Care of the Athlete.. Ann Intern Med. 1962;57:330–331. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-57-2-330_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1962;57(2_Part_1):330-331.
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