I have always campaigned against banning professional boxing even though the previous president o f S.A.S.M.A favoured its banning in his own personal capacity. My attitude has always been that it is far better to have adequate control of professional boxing than to ban it.
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An on-going study being carried out in Cape Town is throwing new light on the question of cardiac disease in marathon runners. The medical practitioner must give more thought to the risks involved in marathon running which may be present in an asymptomatic population.
A series of 31 stress fractures caused by long distance running in 19 elite athletes during one year only is presented. Most fractures occurred in the tibia (68%), 14% were in the fibula, 10% in the metatarsals and 6% in the femur.
During the last decade there has been a proliferation of all types of enduro-sports amongst adults and children both in the recreational or competitive field. These enduro-sports include aerobic dance workouts, canoeing, running, the triathlon, cycling and swimming. There has been a recent upsurge of interest in the research of the physiological effects of running with prolific metabolic, renal, cardiovascular and pulmonary responses to exercise have been well researched.