Ethics in sports medicine competitive nature of sport

Online Course: Ethics In Sports Medicine

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“Clinicians have been faced with difficult decisions arising from the competitive nature of sport since the time of the ancient Greeks. The relationship between promoting health and striving for peak performance may also be challenging as injury risks increase. The clinician’s dual goals of improving performance and preventing injury may provide a dilemma. The modern context of sports medicine is fraught with additional challenges such as expanded teams of support staff, parental involvement, advertising, endorsements, supplement and drug use which expose the clinician to additional scrutiny and stress. Traditionally accepted ethical practices such as patient autonomy and confidentiality are less easily attainable in many sporting environments. Each clinician’s circumstances may be unique, making no one code of ethics appropriate to all. However, through the use of some useful international guidelines across sporting codes and interesting case studies, an approach will be suggested in this presentation”

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