Performance enhancement is a multibillion dollar industry, with little known about the efficacy or safety of many practices. Many sport governing bodies have banned certain equipment, supplements, and drugs, yet, some athletes use anyway. This use may pose a danger to the individual user, as well as to other participants, and can challenge the integrity of the sport. We must consider how we, as health care professionals, balance personal autonomy, individual safety, and the integrity of sport in fulfilling our social contract.
Katherine R. Newsham
David Price, Christopher R.D. Wagstaff, and Alessandro Quartiroli
, was that staff were experiencing an array of challenging emotions from confusion to anger. Additionally, several coaches also openly disclosed they were facing an internal struggle between their morals and ethical obligations. In turn, I became concerned for the well-being of both the coaches and
Dunja Antunovic and Andrea Bundon
Coverage Sports journalists have a professional responsibility to cover the Paralympics and issues of disability for at least three reasons: (a) the Paralympics are an elite level, international sporting event, and thus merit sport-focused coverage, (b) sports journalists have an ethical obligation to
Athletic health care professionals, team physicians, and athletic trainers have an ethical obligation to safeguard the short- and long-term well-being of the athlete they care for. The potential long-term negative consequences to the student-athlete’s physical, cognitive, and mental health as a result of concussions and their mismanagement is a reality. How the athletic health care professional attends to this top priority of providing optimal health care to the concussed athlete while navigating the mitigating circumstances and influences of nonmedical entities found in competitive athletics is one of the great ethical challenges of present day sports medicine. Effectively navigating the complex challenges faced by athletic health care professionals is as important as the care delivered. Understanding the ethical challenges faced by athletic health care decision makers should be a central focus in providing the optimal care the patient deserves.
Margaret Carlisle Duncan and Cynthia A. Hasbrook
Televised texts of women’s sports are examined using the hermeneutical method. This study begins with the observation that women’s participation in team sports and certain “male-appropriate” individual sports is significantly lower than men’s participation in these sports. More striking yet is the media’s (particularly television’s) virtual disregard of women in team sports and certain individual sports. On the basis of these observations, the authors frame their research question: Do these imbalances constitute a symbolic denial of power for women? To answer this question, the authors investigate televised depictions of basketball, surfing, and marathon running. In each sport, the television narratives and visuals of the women’s competition are contrasted with those of the men’s competition. These depictions reveal a profound ambivalence in the reporting of the women’s sports, something that is not present in the reporting of the men’s sports. This ambivalence consists of conflicting messages about female athletes; positive portrayals of sportswomen are combined with subtly negative suggestions that trivialize or undercut the women’s efforts. Such trivialization is a way of denying power to women. The authors conclude by asserting that sport and leisure educators have an ethical obligation to redress the imbalance of power in the sporting world.
Joyce Olushola Ogunrinde
, placing more emphasis on the environment through sport requires a political savvy that ties green practices with political concerns and maximization of economic resources. Chapter 4 highlights the inextricable relationship between human development and ES and thus the ethical obligation to protect the
“other male professors [who] show an interest in their work.” 15 This question of the avoidance of both harm and derailment as an ethical obligation to our students links to Carly’s about “who and what is at home in these spaces.” 16 This requires praxis, content, and focus of educational activities
Rena M.G. Curvey, Shannon C. White, Emily A. Murphy, Travis R. Scheadler, Myles T. Englis, Laura L. Phelps, and Candice N. Hargons
, scholars have established that becoming culturally competent within graduate psychology training programs is an ethical obligation ( Ridley, 1985 ). As opposed to the passive “do no harm” approach in ethical standards, the argument has been made that racial and cultural factors should be emphasized when
coconstructed ( Denzin & Lincoln, 2011 ) and often explicitly let their axiological commitments to influence their work, for example, by valuing marginalized voices; by arguing that dominant systems of power are bad, unjust, or wrong; and by embracing ethical obligations to challenge these injustices ( Atkinson