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Ethics of Sports 1 Ethics of Sports And Performance Enhancing Drugs Ryan Bemis English 202D, Section 4 Allen Richards April 10, 2008
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Ethics of Sports 2 Abstract This memo discusses sports and the influence of performance enhancing drugs in sports. Specifically, it talks about the history and types of performance enhancing drugs used in sports. Once the reader develops an understanding for the basics of performance enhancing, a specific case is discussed as well as the ethics of that case. The author then discusses the other ethical side to performance enhancing drugs in sports: the side effects and reasons for not taking them.
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Ethics of Sports 3 TO: Allen Richards, English 202D Professor FROM: Ryan Bemis, Student DATE: April 8, 2008 SUBJECT: Memo Discussing the Ethics of Sports and Drug Use Ethics of Sports and Drug Use Knowing that ethics are something that you are deeply rooted in, I thought you would find this paper compelling in terms of the ethical side of the paper. Just let me know if you agree with my final conclusions as to what should be done about the topic. Throughout the history of sports competitors search for any way possible to gain a competitive advantage. With the new developments of technology and medicine in the world today athletes have many ways to obtain the sought after competitive advantage against their opponents. Specifically, athletes are doing so by way of performance enhancing drugs. Although, the types of drugs that are used now for performance enhancing are different, the goal of gaining a competitive advantage against opponents is the same. Athletes that gain a competitive advantage can have the ability to reach milestones that were once not obtainable before the use of performance enhancing drugs and this is something presents a deeply ethical issue. Should the records stand, should athletes be held accountable for using illegal drugs? These are both questions of ethics when it comes to performance enhancing drug use in sports. To understand the ethical issues it is important to understand the history of performance enhancing drug use and the various types. The use of drugs in the sports world dates all the way back to the first modern Olympics. Back then athletes used today’s more common recreational drugs: heroin and cocaine (Noakes, 2004). With today’s knowledge of drugs it can probably be said that these drugs were more harmful then helpful when it comes to sports performance.
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Ethics of Sports 4 About ten years after the emergence of heroin and cocaine usage in sports, the use of amphetamines in sports developed. Noakes said this proved to be an effective way to gain an advantage because it dulled the body’s ability to react to pain (2004). Amphetamines also act as an energizer of sorts (Noakes, 2004), making it possible for athletes to work longer and thus
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This note was uploaded on 04/24/2008 for the course ENGL 202D taught by Professor Crimmins,kemdavi during the Spring '07 term at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

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