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date: 21 October 2021

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Bioethics is the application of ethical principles to life’s biological choices. It has played a meaningful role in the intersection of sports and the law. As technology and science advance, bioethics is poised to even more dramatically influence how the various participants in the world of sports interact with the boundaries of law. To that end, this chapter explores the most critical bioethical issues in sports today. Those issues include the role of the team physician; the use of performance-enhancing pharmaceuticals, surgical techniques, and gene modification; and new advances in performance-tracking technologies. Finally, the chapter explores the ethics of watching violent contact sports knowing that participants may face a life after competition in a debilitating condition.

Keywords: bioethics, athlete safety, performance-enhancing drugs, steroids, human growth hormone

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