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Ethics, Nanobiosensors and Elite Sport: The Need for a New Governance Framework / Robert Evans; Michael McNamee; Owen Guy

Science and Engineering Ethics

Swansea University Author: McNamee, Michael

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Individual athletes, coaches and sports teams seek continuously for ways to improve performance and accomplishment in elite competition. New techniques of performance analysis are a crucial part of the drive for athletic perfection. This paper discusses the ethical importance of one aspect of the fu...

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Published in: Science and Engineering Ethics
ISSN: 1353-3452 1471-5546
Published: 2016
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa31723
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Abstract: Individual athletes, coaches and sports teams seek continuously for ways to improve performance and accomplishment in elite competition. New techniques of performance analysis are a crucial part of the drive for athletic perfection. This paper discusses the ethical importance of one aspect of the future potential of performance analysis in sport, combining the field of biomedicine, sports engineering and nanotechnology in the form of ‘Nanobiosensors’. This innovative technology has the potential to revolutionise sport, enabling real time biological data to be collected from athletes that can be electronically distributed. Enabling precise real time performance analysis is not without ethical problems. Arguments concerning (1) data ownership and privacy; (2) data confidentiality; and (3) athlete welfare are presented alongside a discussion of the use of the Precautionary Principle in making ethical evaluations. We conclude, that although the future potential use of Nanobiosensors in sports analysis offers many potential benefits, there is also a fear that it could be abused at a sporting system level. Hence, it is essential for sporting bodies to consider the development of a robust ethically informed governance framework in advance of their proliferated use.
Keywords: Ethics, Sports engineering, Nanotechnology, Nanomedicine, Sport, Data privacy
College: College of Engineering