Impact of Ethics on Sport Research Paper by Nicky

Impact of Ethics on Sport
A review of the research on the influence of ethics in sports, with a focus on youth sports.
# 149652 | 4,689 words | 18 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 27, 2011 in Sport (Medicine and Drugs) , Child, Youth Issues (General) , Ethics (General)

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This paper explores a number of studies on the impact of ethics on sports that address the use of slush funds to recruit prospective sports figures for teams, the use of performance enhancing drugs and the way some coaches may encourage their players to win by any means necessary. The paper points out the significant ethical problems that routinely occur in numerous youth sport programs and reaches the conclusion that participation in youth sports for many youth may not be a positive experience. The paper suggests that unethical behaviors in sport may relate to the current culture in the U.S. and also recommends three further studies. The paper includes a huge amount of source material.

Considerations Relating to Ethics

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"Kelley and Chang (2007) further state that ethical decision-making in this context may be affected by factors similar to those that business ethics researchers have discovered affect managers of profit centers (Weaver, Trevino, & Cochran, 1999; Weber, 1995). Such groups must manage strong external pressures that can blind their members to the implications of their behavior as they seek to satisfy constituents' wants. This behavior may be especially prevalent at publicly funded schools that depend on winning sports teams for prestige, alumni donations, and student applications, and it may occur despite oversight provided by college sports regulatory bodies (Kelley & Chang, 2007, Classification by...section, 5).
Kelley and Chang (2007) conclude that researchers believe that improving ethical behavior in higher education is essential to the health of our university and community college system (Anderson & Davies, 2000; Lampe, 1997; Roworth, 2002). To achieve this goal, our organizations must understand what contributes to ethical lapses and take steps to eliminate them. We expect universities to train the next generation to become knowledgeable, principled, and responsible citizens (Alsop, 2004; Bok, 1988; Lampe, 1997). To accomplish this objective, our employees must understand and be able to interpret core ethical values. We must justify and explicate these values and enact them in our behavior. We must reward desirable behavior and reprimand and punish undesirable behavior. We must model the ethical behavior that we expect from students and other institutions. By doing so, we can respond to the pressing ethical problems of universities and live up to our responsibility, as Bok (1988) so aptly stated, to instill a sense of ethics in future generations and do the right thing (Kelley & Chang, 2007, Conclusion section, 1).

Sample of Sources Used:

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