Tag: sports

Blog Posts (10)

October 18, 2011

Genetic Testing for the Injury Prone

Professional soccer teams (football to the rest of the world) are using high-powered science to give them a competitive edge. The most recent venture into the world of professional sport and science involves an “unnamed Premier League club” [that] has commissioned Yale University scientists to genetically test its players and attempt to identify genetic indicators that can serve as a warning sign to whether an athlete is prone to injury.” According to Bleacher Report, scientists claim that there are more than 100 genetic factors linked to being prone to injury.…

May 19, 2011

Will Your Child Be a Baller or a Putter? Good Thing There's a Genetic Test for That.

As reported in the Washington Post today, at least two new companies are marketing tests that can identify “sports genes” for your child long before they kick their first soccer ball or pick up a racket.…

March 26, 2010

Second Seed

Yes, apparently it’s true, according to the Kansas City Star, that March Madness and vasectomies are linked.

Men willingly choose to schedule this somewhat uncomfortable procedure during the Big Tournament, specifically.…

December 1, 2008

Track or Cross-Country? Genetic Tests Tell You How Your Kid Will Run

As of Monday, a Colorado-based company will begin offering a genetic test to help parents determine whether their child would be better suited to sprint or to run longer distances, says the NYT.…

August 12, 2008

The Olympics Heat Up Debate on Enhancement

With the Olympic competitions heating up, the debates on enhancement, sport, and the human form have more than left the starting blocks in the newspapers and online.…

May 23, 2008

Art Caplan on Oscar Pistorious, the double amputee sprinter

Over at MSNBC, Art writes that he’s not so sure that Pistorious should be allowed to compete in the Olympics:

Should anyone who must run on prosthetic legs be allowed to compete in the Olympics or other sporting events?

March 16, 2008

Art Caplan on steroids and sports

Over at Science Progress, Art looks at some of the arguments against — and for — the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sports.…

February 4, 2008

Following up: academic fraud, sitting on research, wrecked football players

Here are a few updates and extensions to earlier posts on blog.bioethics.net:

Academic journal deja vu
A few weeks back two researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center reported in Nature that they had found evidence of thousands of duplicated and plagiarized articles in biomedical journals.…

January 4, 2008

Even the winners eventually lose

Art Caplan recently popped up over at SI.com as part of a piece looking at some of the occupational health concerns of professional athletes.…

July 12, 2007

Barry Bonds and enhancement's strike zone

The second half of the major league baseball season starts tonight and so continues Barry Bonds’ pursuit of the career home run record (he needs four more to tie Hank Aaron).…

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April 12, 2012 11:42 pm

Amputees Just Looking for a Fight (New York Times)

Just 26 and with a creditable — if unexceptional — pedigree in amateur wrestling, Newell is not so fearsome that professional fighters should cower. Yet the list of fighters who have canceled or rejected bouts with him is about two dozen long, and the reason is clear: it can be difficult to persuade able-bodied athletes to fight a man with one hand.

Sport needs to re-think both disability and enhancement.