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Coming up on March 12th: Symposium of the British Philosophy of Sport Association, Cardiff Met

Places are still available for the British Philosophy of Sport Association Symposium next week to be held at Cardiff Met, Cyncoed, CF23 6XD.
12:00 – 13.15 : Andrew Edgar (Cardiff University) ‘Sport About Technology’
13.15 – 13.30 : Lunch
13.30 – 14.30 : BPSA meeting
14.30 – 15.45 : Mike McNamee (Swansea University) ‘Disability in Sport’
15.45 – 17.00 : Silvia Camporesi (Kings College London) ‘Genetic testing for talent identification: international and ethical perspectives’
If you wish to attend then please write to Dr Emily Ryall, BPSA Chair: eryall@glos.ac.uk .

Genetic tests to scout out children’s athletic talent: are they ‘ethical’?

New, open-access paper our for Sports Ethics & Philosophy! ‘Bend it like Beckham! The ethics of genetically testing children for athletic potential‘.

photo by Kevin Moloney for the New York Times

photo by Kevin Moloney for the New York Times

In 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. I first discuss the scientific evidence at the basis of these tests, and the parental decision in terms of education, and of investing in the children’s future, taken on the basis of the results of the tests. I then discuss how these parental practices impact on the children’s right to an open future, and on their developing sense of autonomy. I also consider the meaning and role of sports in childhood, and conclude that the use of DTC genetic tests to measure children’s athletic potential should be seen as a ‘wake up’ call for other problematic parental attitudes aimed at scouting and developing children’s talent.