Ethics & Sport

This page is an updated repository of all my publications in ethics and sport. If you would like to read an article but don’t have an institutional subscription, email me to request it at my KCL address. Thank you!

Camporesi, S. & Hämäläinen (2020) A local criterion of fairness in sport – comparing the property advantages of Caster Semenya and Eero Mäntyranta with implications for the construction of categories in sport. Bioethics. doi:10.1111/bioe.12827 . In this paper, Mika Hämäläinen and I compare the property advantages of Caster Semenya and Eero Mäntyranta with implications for the construction of categories in sport. This is the first time the two athletes have been systematically compared in a conceptual analysis of ten local criteria of fairness. The article can be accessed here.

Camporesi, S. (2019) When does an advantage become unfair? Empirical and normative concerns in the Semenya’s case. Journal of Medical Ethics 45:700-704.

Camporesi S, McNamee M. (2018) Bioethics, Genetics & Sport. Abingdon, UK: Routledge (232 pp). ISBN: 9781138892248 (paperback) and 9781138892231 (hardback).

Camporesi S., & McNamee, M. J. (2017) Philosophy of Sports Medicine. In T. Schramme & S. Edwards (Eds.), Handbook of the Philosophy of Medicine (pp. 741–755). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands. DOI 10.1007/978-94-017-8706-2_33-1

Camporesi S. (2017) An Alternative Solution to Lifting the Ban on Doping: Breaking the Payoff Matrix of Professional Sport by Shifting Liability Away from Athletes. Sport, Ethics and Philosophy, 1-10.

Camporesi S., & McNamee, M. J. (2016). Ethics, genetic testing, and athletic talent: children’s best interests, and the right to an open (athletic) future. Physiological genomics, 48(3), 191-195.

Camporesi S. (2016), “Ethics of regulating competition for women with hyperandrogenism.” Clinics in Sport Medicine 35 (293-301).

A summary of all my work on Caster Semenya’s case with links to resources can be found here:

Camporesi S, & Knuckles JA (2016),“The solution to doping is to extend the blame beyond athletes”. AEON July 22nd, 2016

Camporesi S, McNamee MJ (2016), “Philosophy of Sports Medicine”, in T. Schramme, S. Edwards (eds.), Handbook of the Philosophy of Medicine, Springer. DOI 10.1007/978-94-017-8706-2_33-1

Camporesi S, McNamee M (2016), “Ethics, genetic testing, and athletic talent: children’s best interests, and the right to an open (athletic) future”. Physiological Genomics. doi: 10.1152/physiolgenomics.00104.2015 insert pages

Camporesi S, Maugeri P (2016), “Unfair Advantages and the Myth of the Level Playing Field in IAAF and IOC Policies on Hyper-Androgenism: When is it fair to be a woman?” in Olivesi A & Montanola S (editors) Gender Testing in Sport: Ethics, Cases and Controversies

Camporesi S (2015), “Bioethics and Sport,” in McNamee MJ and Morgan WJ (editors) Handbook of the Philosophy of Sport. Routledge (81-97).

Webborn, Nick, Alun Williams, Mike McNamee, Claude Bouchard, Yannis Pitsiladis, Ildus Ahmetov, Euan Ashley, Camporesi S et al. (2015), “Direct-to-consumer genetic testing for predicting sports performance and talent identification: Consensus statement.” British journal of sports medicine49(23): 1486-1491.

Camporesi S, & Knuckles JA  (2014). Shifting the burden of proof in doping: lessons from environmental sustainability applied to high-performance sport. Reflective Practice15 (1), 106-118. Professional athletes discount their future health in exchange for desired enhanced performances. In the same way, many industrialised societies discount future environmental health for short-term economic returns, jeopardising the future of the planet. In this paper, we propose a solution to alter this discounting, by applying the lessons from environmental sustainability, which has long proposed shifting the burden of proof away from regulators to alter the practice of discounting the planet’s future health for current economic gains, to high-performance sports. Continue reading here.

Camporesi S,  McNamee MJ (2014). Performance enhancement, elite athletes and anti doping governance: comparing human guinea pigs in pharmaceutical research and professional sportsPhilosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine9(1), 4. In light of the World Anti Doping Agency’s 2013 Code Revision process, in this paper, co-authored with Mike McNamee, we critically explore the applicability of two of three criteria used to determine whether a method or substance should be considered for their Prohibited List, namely its (potential) performance enhancing effects and its (potential) risk to the health of the athlete. Continue reading here.

Camporesi S (2013) Bend it like Beckham! The ethics of genetically testing children for athletic potential. Open-access paper for Sports Ethics & PhilosophyIn this paper I analyse the use of direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic tests, sometimes coupled with more traditional methods of ‘talent scouting’, to assess a child’s predisposition to athletic performance. Continue reading here.

Camporesi S, McNamee MJ (2013) ‘Is there a role for genetic testing in sports?’ Encyclopedia of Life Sciences DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0024203

Camporesi S, McNamee MJ (2012) Gene Transfer for Pain: A tool to cope with the intractable, or an unethical endurance-enhancing technology? Life Sciences, Society & Policy Journal 8: 20-31 doi:10.1186/1746-5354-8-1-20

Karkazis K, Jordan-Young R, Davis G, Camporesi S. (2012) Out of bounds? A critique of the new policies on hyperandrogenism in elite female athletes,  Am Journal Bioethics; 12(7):3-16

 Camporesi S. Maugeri P (2011) ‘Genetic enhancement in sports and how to reason private rationalities out into the public arena‘, Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, 20(2):248-57.

Camporesi S, Maugeri P. (2010): ‘Caster Semenya: sport, categories and the creative role of ethics’, J Med Ethics 2010;36:378-379

Camporesi S. (2008): ‘Oscar Pistorius, enhancement and post-humans’ J of Medical Ethics 34(9): 639.

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