ERIC Number: ED331821
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr-6
Sport and Technology: Ethics on the Cutting Edge.
Freeman, William H.
This paper deals with growing ethical dilemmas in sport as technology advances. Three aspects of sport are discussed: (l) the perpetual conflict between process (training) and product (the actual contest); (2) technophobia, the fear of the new world of technology; and (3) "technosport" or technological training. It is necessary to understand that sport technology requires an ethical foundation, rather than a philosophy of win at any price. Because of such practices as genetic engineering and drug use among athletes to improve performance, decisions must be made on ethical standards and basic rules. Rules set ethical judgments and tell athletes how much is too much and what cannot be done to win. It is not possible to wait until problems become glaring in order to deal with the implications of technology for sport. Sport success should not be simply a matter of who can spend the greatest amount of money and time to train, nor of who is willing to take the most chances with their future health by abusing their body with overtraining or drugs. The public expects schools to teach right conduct and should expect the same of the sports system. (LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (San Francisco, CA, April 6, 1991).