• Athletics involve many health hazards for children. The possibility for injury is present and participation means a calculated risk. To justify the risks, the benefits must outweigh the dangers. Sports, suitably engaged in, promote both physical and mental health. As pediatricians we become involved on two occasions: during the preseason examination to determine the child's fitness to participate, and when injury has occurred. Adequate examining means an understanding of what is involved to participate, promoting safety standards, and equitable competitive situations.
(Am J Dis Child 132:181-187, 1978)