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 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 (23)

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.

June 23, 2014 1:50 pm

Genetic disorder will keep Baylor star Austin out of NBA

Baylor center Isaiah Austin has been diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, which will end his basketball career.

May 7, 2014 5:52 pm

For young athletes, more concussions reported

Between 2005 and 2012, concussions among high school athletes became more common with every passing academic year, according to a new U.S. study.

May 2, 2014 3:29 pm

“Drastic, unnecessary and irreversible medical interventions” imposed upon some female athletes

Four female athletes were required to undergo “partial clitorectomies” and gonadectomies (removal of gonads) as a result of the current gender-policing polices of major sports governing bodies.

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.

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