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Performance Enhancing Drugs

Ethical Issue/Theories Oral Presentation Caitlin Reeves

Caitlin Reeves

on 17 September 2012

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By Caitlin Reeves Ethical Issue: Performance Enhancing Drugs Performance-enhancing drugs are substances used by athletes to improve their performances in the sports in which they are involved in.

Different types of performance enhancing drugs:
Diuretics Background Many people feel that the drugs give an unfair advantage to their users. Others point to the potential side effects, and claim that overuse may cause significant health problems. In addition, some point out the role model factor: young people often look to professional athletes as role models, and, if an athlete uses enhancements, the young people may be more likely to follow.

On the other hand, many people are willing to risk the possible side effects in order to obtain peak performance. People who are involved are international sports organizations and the International Olympic Committee.
They mostly feel that the use of drugs to enhance performance is considered unethical.
As well as the athletes that are performing are involved. People Involved As technologies continue to develop, however, the job of determining whether an athlete has taken performance enhancing drugs becomes more and more difficult. In 1999, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was created to better coordinate drug testing and punishment. WADA is dedicated to tracking new drugs and developing tests to prevent them from reaching widespread use.
Forms of technology such as the use of high-tech materials in shoes, which already give certain athletes an edge. Technology Utilitarianism
Moral Relativism Two Ethical Theories A champion athlete finds it increasingly difficult to
maintain his position. He knows that many of his competitors
are using performance enhancing drugs. Scenario A Utilitarian would think that... “Maintaining your top position means additional years of sponsorship. You will also encourage young athletes and give the country something to be proud of, which will be a benefit of the majority and promote happiness. The end justifies taking the drug, and they haven't really proved that the steroids will affect your health that much anyway.” Utilitarianism Moral Relativism Utilitarianism is the doctrine that actions are right if they are useful or for the benefit of a majority and promotes the greatest happiness of the greatest number of people. A Moral Relativist would say: “Everybody else is doing it. It's expected that athletes use steroids especially for increasing strength". Moral relativism is that all moral beliefs are true. There is no universal or absolute standard of right and wrong. Strengths It would help maintain the top position.
Your country would be proud. Weaknesses It could possibly effect your health later in life.
You could be disqualified if they find out you're taking drugs to improve your performance. Strengths It will increase performance if the athlete takes steroids. Weaknesses Just because everyone else is doing it, doesn't mean the athlete who isn't taking drugs, has to as well.
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