Herodicus, the father of sports medicine

Anastasios D. Georgoulis, Irini Sofia Kiapidou, Lamprini Velogianni, Nicholas Stergiou, Arthur Boland

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Abstract

Herodicus (fifth century BC) is the first person in the history of medicine who actually combined sports with medicine. He used to be a sports teacher, who later studied medicine and managed to succeed Euryphon in the medical school of Cnidos, one of the most prominent in ancient Greece together with its neighbor medical school of Cos (Hippocrates' home). In Cnidos Herodicus formed his own theoretical perspective of medicine. He considered, namely, bad health to be the result of imbalance between diet and physical activity and for this reason he recommended strict diet, constant physical activity and regular training. He believed that this combination was the ideal way to maintain good standards of health and he applied this type of treatment method to his patients. Unfortunately, Herodicus' works are lost today. However, excerpts of his medical system, which can be traced in ancient texts, support the fact that Herodicus can be considered as the father of sports medicine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)315-318
Number of pages4
JournalKnee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2007

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Keywords

  • Diet
  • Herodicus
  • History of medicine
  • Physical activity
  • Sports medicine
  • Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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