» Sports Ethics Where the World Finds Bioethics Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:31:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 WHO sees ‘very low’ risk of further Zika spread due to Olympics Wed, 15 Jun 2016 12:26:04 +0000 0 Response to Zika and the Olympics Letter Tue, 31 May 2016 18:21:21 +0000 The following letter was received by in response to our link to a letter written by professionals urging the Olympics to be postponed this year because of the threat of Zika.

 by Ralph R. Frerichs

It may seem strange to hear WHO’s Margaret Chan or CDC’s Thomas Frieden quickly reject any suggestion that the Olympics be postponed or moved to avoid expanding Brazil’s Zika epidemic, not even offering caveats of future research findings.  Yet all this has occurred before, and not that many years ago.…

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Rio Olympics Later:­ For the Good of Both Public Health and Sport Fri, 27 May 2016 14:00:51 +0000 by Arthur Caplan, Ph.D.

It is imperative that an open, transparent discussion of the risks of holding the Olympics as planned in Brazil occur as soon as possible.  Not general assurances from WHO but a frank discussion among independent experts—if Rio is going to happen the world deserves a full discussion of why and at what potential risks and liabilities.

For more information, click through The text of this letter and link have been added below.

Thanks to Anis-Instituto de Bioética for this art, and please visit their Zika documentary and pages

To sign this letter, please send an email to zikaletter@gmail.comwith your title (dr, prof, etc), department and institutions.

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Blood Test for Concussions? Researchers Report Some Progress Tue, 29 Mar 2016 12:42:57 +0000 0 Medical Ethics and School Football Fri, 01 Jan 2016 23:42:29 +0000 0 Do we need more paternalism in the NFL to protect players from themselves? Thu, 12 Nov 2015 17:38:31 +0000 by Keisha Ray, Ph.D.

This week the St. Louis Rams, a National Football League (NFL) team posted a picture on Twitter of player Wes Welker signing papers, making his departure from the Denver Broncos and his membership in the Rams organization official. Fans, coaches, players, sports commentators and writers typically weigh in on situations like Welker’s by commenting on how players who join new teams will impact their team and other teams in the division, or how players will change the dynamics of the entire NFL league.…

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Flag Football: The Alternative for Concerned Parents Wed, 11 Nov 2015 18:45:26 +0000 0 Medical Ethics and School Football Fri, 30 Oct 2015 06:41:33 +0000 by Steven H. Miles, MD and Shailendra Prasad, MD, MPH

This is a special pre-print posting of an editorial scheduled for the January 2016 issue of the American Journal of Bioethics.

Health professionals should call for ending public school tackle football programs. We disagree with the perspective and the argument of a recent report by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) that supports the current organization of reforms of youth tackle football.

About 1.1 million students play on junior and high school football teams.…

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Concussion treatment, diagnosis focus of world sports conference Fri, 23 Oct 2015 15:20:47 +0000 0 Expanding Notions of Discrimination: Genetic Information & Competitive Sports Fri, 16 Oct 2015 20:30:38 +0000 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

During a periodic training on the university’s harassment policies today, I learned that my institution has added “genetic information” to the list of characteristics against which one cannot be discriminated. When one of my colleagues asked, “Do you have an example of that,” the presenter stumbled. After a few beats she said if someone had a gene for a disease but did not have any symptoms of that yet or an evident physical disability.

The policy change likely follows from the federal Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act that protects some medical information.…

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A Crucial Catch: Ethics, the NFL, and Public Health Advocacy Mon, 21 Sep 2015 12:00:27 +0000 by Macey L. Henderson, J.D.

I enjoy watching my favorite NFL teams and players during football season. As the daughter of a local sports attorney who grew up down the street from the Indianapolis Colts complex, I have always been exposed to programs and events that highlight advocacy that the NFL and their respective team markets provide for communities year after year through high profile efforts.

How can the most lucrative sports organization with north of $9 billion revenue help public health?…

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New: 87 Deceased NFL Players Test Positive for Brain Disease Fri, 18 Sep 2015 21:38:11 +0000 0 Dutee Chand, Female Sprinter With High Testosterone Level, Wins Right to Compete Thu, 06 Aug 2015 16:49:33 +0000 0 Stanford bioethicist fights gender tests for female athletes Wed, 05 Aug 2015 16:45:56 +0000 0 Experts Slam Sports Policies That Ban Women With High Testosterone Tue, 09 Jun 2015 16:48:36 +0000 0 Testosterone Rules for Women Athletes Are Unfair, Researchers Argue Mon, 08 Jun 2015 16:47:33 +0000 0 Fetal stem cells and the sports heroes they revitalized Tue, 19 May 2015 19:09:24 +0000 0 National Football League concussion settlement gets final approval Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:06:01 +0000 0 Concussions may linger among professional baseball players Fri, 20 Mar 2015 23:47:54 +0000 0 Can Bioethicists (in Good Conscience) Watch the NFL? Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:00:14 +0000 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. The players are arguably what attracts most people to the game and how the league makes its money, whether that be through game attendance or the sale of player related merchandise. The mental health of current players and especially retired players has come under a magnifying glass within the past decade. Past players and the families of past (and deceased) players have accused the NFL of mishandling players with concussions.…

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Fighting for the Body She Was Born With Tue, 07 Oct 2014 18:16:55 +0000 0 A New Study Supports Female Athletes Unfairly Excluded From Sport Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:12:27 +0000 0 Regardless of location, concussions serious: study Mon, 11 Aug 2014 17:54:32 +0000 0 Genetic disorder will keep Baylor star Austin out of NBA Mon, 23 Jun 2014 17:50:06 +0000 0 Low sperm counts, fertility drugs, and the NFL Mon, 23 Jun 2014 17:12:07 +0000 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. Performance enhancing drug use has prompted league commissioners to beef up policies on drugs in their respective leagues in the form of banned substance policies and punishment for violating those policies.

The lists of banned substances are meant to regulate one of the few controllable features of sports—advantages due to drugs.…

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For young athletes, more concussions reported Wed, 07 May 2014 21:52:45 +0000 0 “Drastic, unnecessary and irreversible medical interventions” imposed upon some female athletes Fri, 02 May 2014 19:29:51 +0000 0 Can Hazing Make a Team Stronger? Wed, 13 Nov 2013 21:27:15 +0000 0 Concussed Kids Need Break From School Mon, 28 Oct 2013 23:29:35 +0000 0 Sports Medicine and Ethics Thu, 12 Sep 2013 21:20:23 +0000 0 1.35 million youths a year have serious sports injuries Tue, 06 Aug 2013 18:11:17 +0000 0 Professor of ethics says we should chill out about performance-enhancing drugs Mon, 22 Jul 2013 20:16:27 +0000 0 In quest for excellence, athletes ingest unregulated drugs Wed, 24 Apr 2013 07:01:29 +0000 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? One might expect that such compounds are shelved or destroyed. But in the case of GW501516 by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the compound has become the darling of competitive athletics.

According to Julie Deadorff’s article in the Chicago Tribune, one drug known as GW501516 failed because it caused cancers in lab animals. GSK began looking at the drug in 2005 as a treatment for raising HDL cholesterol to counter metabolic syndrome.…

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NFL medical standards, practices are different than almost anywhere else Mon, 18 Mar 2013 21:04:38 +0000 0 So Long, Lance. Next, 21st-Century Doping Wed, 23 Jan 2013 22:08:40 +0000 0 Junior Seau (football) had degenerative brain disease CTE (from playing) when he committed suicide Thu, 10 Jan 2013 19:44:12 +0000 0 NFL retirees more likely to have depression and cognitive problems, brain study shows Tue, 08 Jan 2013 00:26:35 +0000 0 No evidence of EPO benefit, say scientists Fri, 07 Dec 2012 03:00:01 +0000 0 The Future of sport: Natural-Born Winners? Mon, 29 Oct 2012 21:59:43 +0000 0 The activist athlete Thu, 13 Sep 2012 18:28:32 +0000 0 Football and the Sexual Side Effects of Head Trauma Wed, 25 Jul 2012 13:39:17 +0000 0 The Ethics of Sports ‘We Need an Open Market for Doping’ Tue, 17 Jul 2012 21:01:54 +0000 0 The IOC’s superwoman complex: how flawed sex-testing discriminates Mon, 02 Jul 2012 20:32:24 +0000 0 Out of Bounds? A Critique of the New Policies on Hyperandrogenism in Elite Female Athletes Mon, 18 Jun 2012 13:56:37 +0000 1 AJOB’s July Issue Online Now with Free Content! Fri, 15 Jun 2012 15:01:15 +0000 We are happy to share that AJOB’s July issue (a few weeks ahead of schedule) is now available online on and here. This month’s issue features three Target Articles all of which are related to sex, gender, and reproduction. TThe topics addressed in the journal include gender testing for elite female athletes, the use of contraception as part of research studies in Catholic healthcare, and responsibility for rising cesarean rates.

This  “Olympics issue” features the article “Out of Bounds?…

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