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Ethical Considerations in Paralympic Sport: When Are Elective Treatments Allowable to Improve Sports Performance? / Michael McNamee; Julian Savulescu; Stuart Willick

PM&R, Volume: 6, Issue: 8, Pages: S66 - S75

Swansea University Author: McNamee, Michael

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DOI (Published version): 10.1016/j.pmrj.2014.07.002

Abstract

This article critically discusses 4 case studies that challenge the ethics and philosophy of Paralympic sport. Each relates in various ways to the problematic therapy and/or enhancement distinction that has been widely discussed in the medical ethics literature. The specific contexts of sport and th...

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Published in: PM&R
Published: 2014
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa19665
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Abstract: This article critically discusses 4 case studies that challenge the ethics and philosophy of Paralympic sport. Each relates in various ways to the problematic therapy and/or enhancement distinction that has been widely discussed in the medical ethics literature. The specific contexts of sport and their particular regulatory frameworks colour the judgments that we will make regarding them. They comprise (i) achilles tendon lengthening surgery; (ii) botox injections to increase spasticity prior to sport classification; (iii) elective femoral surgery to enhance performance; and (iv) elective transtibial surgery to become a paralympic athlete. Irrespective of clear policy application, the issue of the limits of disability sports are argued to be under threat in each case.
Keywords: diability paralympic ethics
College: College of Engineering
Issue: 8
Start Page: S66
End Page: S75