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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 and here.…

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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 (16)

November 13, 2013 4:27 pm

Can Hazing Make a Team Stronger?

Proponents of initiation rites and hazing say that the traditions build character and team unity. Still, Power and other experts agree that hazing should never be condoned.

October 28, 2013 7:29 pm

Concussed Kids Need Break From School

Concussed kids should take time off from schoolwork, easing back into academics with the help of a recovery team, according to new pediatric guidelines presented here.

August 6, 2013 2:11 pm

1.35 million youths a year have serious sports injuries

Safe Kids Worldwide survey of emergency room visits shows more than a million times a year, or about every 25 seconds, a young athlete visits a hospital emergency room for a sports-related injury.

July 22, 2013 4:16 pm

Professor of ethics says we should chill out about performance-enhancing drugs

‘Performance-enhancing drugs are really just natural substances that are present in the body’, Savulescu says. ‘[Taking them is] just modifying physiology and it would be crazy to set limits to it.’

March 18, 2013 5:04 pm

NFL medical standards, practices are different than almost anywhere else

There is medicine, and then there is National Football League medicine, and the practice of the two isn’t always the same.

January 23, 2013 4:08 pm

So Long, Lance. Next, 21st-Century Doping (New York Times)

Lance Armstrong’s sad saga of doping and lying is over, allowing us to turn our attention to a far more important issue arising from the Armstrong era: what to do about the rise of ever more potent bio-enhancers in sports.  Dr. Magnus and others challenge the idea that the use of certain enhancers is inherently cheating.

January 10, 2013 1:44 pm

Junior Seau (football) had degenerative brain disease CTE (from playing) when he committed suicide (CBS News)

Junior Seau, one of the NFL’s best and fiercest players for nearly two decades, had a degenerative brain disease when he committed suicide last May, the National Institutes of Health told The Associated Press on Thursday.

January 7, 2013 6:26 pm

NFL retirees more likely to have depression and cognitive problems, brain study shows (CBS News)

A new study of NFL players adds to the evidence that repeated head blows absorbed during a football career could lead to changes in the brain that affect the athletes’ behavior.

December 6, 2012 9:00 pm

No evidence of EPO benefit, say scientists (AFP)

Cyclists who dope themselves with EPO may not gain any performance advantage even though they are putting their health at risk, scientists said on Thursday.

October 29, 2012 4:59 pm

The Future of sport: Natural-Born Winners? (The Guardian)

Although sporting world records continue to be set, the improvements are getting smaller, suggesting that human athletic performance is reaching its limit. As athletes move ever closer to this performance ceiling, the search for ways of identifying and developing future champions grows increasingly frenetic, and debate returns, inevitably, to the perennial question of whether winners are born or made.

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