Sports science and medicine: ethics

Background Paper

Published 13/05/2014

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This paper addresses ongoing ethical challenges faced by sports science and medicine. It is divided into two parts.

The first part forms its primary focus, and will highlight the technologies, law, and ethical issues associated with enhancements that aim to improve or control elite sports performances. The second (shorter) part of this paper explores the role of medical professionals in elite sport, given potential conflicts of interest in practitioner-patient relationships. It addresses issues relevant primarily to professional sports, although some of its considerations might also be relevant to amateur sports.


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Kate Harvey

Senior Research Officer

Kate undertakes research to support the Council’s work and contributes to the drafting of reports and briefing papers. She also monitors developments in areas of interest to the Council. Kate is currently on secondment at the University of Edinburgh's Law School, and will return to the Council in April 2021.