Saturday, November 06, 2004

Why we should allow performance enhancing drugs in sport

Savulescu, Foddy and Clayton author this leader for the British Journal of Sports Medicine. The publication does not say much new to scholars of sport philosophy, though it does make a particular play about the importance of testing for 'health' rather than drugs. Acknowledge the value of the health argument, the authors are interested to see a more permissible culture of drug use in sport. It is important that such arguments are made in this kind of publication by these authors. In the last year or so, bioethical concerns about sport have developed a greater interest in broader bioethical spheres. This article is one contribution that is leading to a steady pace of literature in this subject beyond the sport ethics circles.

As an extension of their argument, it is necessary to further question the justification of 'health' as an ethical concern in sport. There is more than one definition of health and the privileged biomedical approach, which continues to undermin anti-doping programmes is not wholly sufficient. Arguably, we have moved beyond using medicine just for therapy and this need not imply any less respect for how it also alleviates human suffering. it is but a further way in which we seek to explore the limits of being human and we have always done this, not even just with technology.


Blogger kk+ said...

are there any pro sports leagues or associations currently talking about lifting bans and allow drugs?

7:05 pm  
Blogger gaw3 said...

Hi, I really like your site. I am trying to form an opinion about this very tricky topic!
I am also trying to follow "brain doping," which in practice just using something like Ritalin or provigil for tests. More specific brain drugs are coming, and whatever is decided for sport will probably be the precedent for cognitive performance enhancements.

9:44 am  
Blogger andymiah said...

you might be interested the recent post (Modafiniland cognitive enhancements) in the blog.

6:25 pm  
Blogger andymiah said...

hi kris, not really. for a long time, baseball was avoiding anti-doping rules, but this speaks largely of the particularity of the sport, rather than any considered ethical stance about doping. actually, i think it was probably seen as preferable to not have to deal with anti-doping authorities. this is changing.

that said, different sports do have different policies about what is acceptable or not. for example, sanctions on use of many rec drugs, such as cannabis, vary considerably.

6:27 pm  

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