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College Athletics

Excerpt from College Athletics It is an indisputable fact that no animal is so much improved by training as man - none stands such long and severe preparation with advantage - and none displays the difference between condition and its absence in so great a degree. But it is not only that man may be enabled to do certain feats of activity and strength that training is desirable, but that he may do them with pleasure to himself, and even with advantage to his general health; and this marks the grand principle which every man who values his health should certainly keep in view, namely, that no one should attempt to compete in any contest requiring agility or strength unless he has had such a preparation as shall enable him to perform his task without feeling any ill effects from it. For instance the man in condition can row through a race of three or four miles in which his whole powers are taxed to their very utmost, and shall, at the end of it, be almost blind from the exertion he has made; and yet before he gets out of the boat he is "all right," and could go through the same in half an hour without injury - whilst the man out of condition lies nearly fainting, or perhaps quite insensible, for many minutes or even still longer, and is only revived by stimuli to an extent which will not allow any further liberty to be taken with his naturally strong constitution. Pluck will do much in place of condition, but numberless are the instances of ruined health from the excessive draughts which have been made upon this valuable quality, whilst a little care and abstinence would have prevented any such irreparable misfortune. Te enable a man who is of sound constitution - but, from mismanagement, out of health - to restore himself to such a state as will allow him to go into training without mischief, is rather a difficult task in most cases, because it not only requires some skill to know what to do, but also great self-command to avoid that which ought not to be done. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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