Hot Topics: Sports Ethics

Blog Posts (4)

January 26, 2015

Can Bioethicists (in Good Conscience) Watch the NFL?

by Keisha Ray, Ph.D.

Every year the National Football League (NFL) makes between an estimated $7 billion- $9 billion making it the most profitable American professional sports league.…

June 23, 2014

Low sperm counts, fertility drugs, and the NFL

by Keisha Ray, Ph.D.

The use of performance enhancing drugs in professional sports is well known by the general public. The high profiled cases of Jose Canseco, Shawne Merriman, Roger Clemens, Alexander Rodriguez, and many, many others has contributed to the attention to this issue.…

April 24, 2013

In quest for excellence, athletes ingest unregulated drugs

Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Have you ever wondered what happens to drugs when a company finds them to lack promise or they prove to be dangerous in animal testing?…

June 15, 2012

AJOB's July Issue Online Now with Free Content!

We are happy to share that AJOB’s July issue (a few weeks ahead of schedule) is now available online on bioethics.net and here.…

Published Articles (2)

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 13 Issue 10 - Oct 2013

Sports Medicine and Ethics Daniela Testoni, Christoph P. Hornik, P. Brian Smith, Daniel K. Benjamin Jr. & Ross E. McKinney Jr.

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 12 Issue 7 - Jul 2012

Out of Bounds? A Critique of the New Policies on Hyperandrogenism in Elite Female Athletes Katrina Karkazis

News (29)

August 6, 2015 12:49 pm

Dutee Chand, Female Sprinter With High Testosterone Level, Wins Right to Compete

The final appeals court for global sports further blurred the line separating male and female athletes on Monday, ruling that a common factor in distinguishing the sexes — the level of natural testosterone in an athlete’s body — is insufficient to bar some women from competing against females.

August 5, 2015 12:45 pm

Stanford bioethicist fights gender tests for female athletes

A final appeals court for global sports has ruled that Chand, a sprinter with the condition hyperandrogenism who was barred from international competition because of her high natural levels of testosterone, must be allowed to compete.

June 9, 2015 12:48 pm

Experts Slam Sports Policies That Ban Women With High Testosterone

The so-called “sex gap” in testosterone — the typical difference between men and women in blood levels of the hormone — shouldn’t be used to determine who is and isn’t a female athlete, according to a commentary published Thursday in the journal Science.

June 8, 2015 12:47 pm

Testosterone Rules for Women Athletes Are Unfair, Researchers Argue

Elite women athletes are currently barred from competing in top-tier competitions, such as the Olympic Games and World Championships, if their testosterone levels are too high.

May 19, 2015 3:09 pm

Fetal stem cells and the sports heroes they revitalized

Their recoveries sparked a debate: The families say the stem cell treatments had a major impact, while skeptics say the therapies are unproven and that Brodie and Howe could have improved through natural healing, as stroke patients often do.

April 24, 2015 5:06 pm

National Football League concussion settlement gets final approval

A federal judge gave final approval on Wednesday to a settlement in a lawsuit brought by about 5,000 former National Football League players who accused the league of covering up the dangers of concussions.

March 20, 2015 7:47 pm

Concussions may linger among professional baseball players

Professional baseball players may not be fully recovered when they return to play after a concussion, a new study suggests.

October 7, 2014 2:16 pm

Fighting for the Body She Was Born With

Olympic sports have chosen to set a limit on testosterone to distinguish the two. Unfortunately, that standard leaves a woman like Chand on the outside looking in.

September 15, 2014 5:12 pm

A New Study Supports Female Athletes Unfairly Excluded From Sport

I’ve had the pleasure of having a few pieces published on in Slate, in particular in Outward. None have had as much response, good and bad, as my rant against the current International Olympic Committee policy that bans women with high natural testosterone levels from competing in women’s events.

August 11, 2014 1:54 pm

Regardless of location, concussions serious: study

Concussions in high school football players are equally serious no matter where on the head the hit occurred, according to a new study.

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