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Art of preserving health: studies on the medical supervision of physical exercise.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20003000     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
To the ancient Greeks, physical exercise was an essential part of life, especially during adolescence and young adulthood. Long after the end of the Classical Greek era, Roman conquest brought a shift towards martial training, increased professionalism in athletic competition and a weak strand of restorative gymnastics kept barely intact by the likes of Galen. While the crux of these teachings was the use of exercise, among other things, to promote and maintain health, the emphasis began to shift to concerns about the health of athletes and the medical problems brought about by exercise. Fashions in athletic training began to change in the mid-nineteenth century, but the mystique associated with athletic training pervaded much of the thinking and still persists today where, in this modern scientific period of exercise and health, physiologists, physical educators and physicians have become involved in seeking to apply the scientific method to what has become known as exercise science. The modern concept of sports medicine tends to emphasize the training and welfare of the elite athlete.
Alan J Thurston
Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  ANZ journal of surgery     Volume:  79     ISSN:  1445-2197     ISO Abbreviation:  ANZ J Surg     Publication Date:  2009 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-12-16     Completed Date:  2010-03-03     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101086634     Medline TA:  ANZ J Surg     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  941-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Surgery & Anaesthesia, Wellington School of Medicine & Health Sciences, PO Box 7343, Wellington South 6242, New Zealand.
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MeSH Terms
Gymnastics / history*
Health Promotion / history*
History, 15th Century
History, 16th Century
History, 17th Century
History, 18th Century
History, 19th Century
History, 20th Century
History, Ancient

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