Ethical Issues Related to Technology Use in Sport

Ethical Issues Related to Technology Use in Sport2016-11-26T17:56:46+10:00

There are a number of ethical issues related to technology use in sport and there are many who debate the place of technology in sport. Things such as goal line technology and video replays for decisions normally made on the field affect the sport and how they are played. many technology advances have benefited people with disabilities. The changes to wheelchairs, prosthetics and more that enable people with varying disabilities to participate in sport has been a great development, but this access is not the same to all athletes.

Has technology gone too far?

There is no simple answer to this question and it relates the the second below. This is one of the biggest ethical issues related to technology use in sport. Technology should be used to improve sports performance. Audiences want to see improved performance and athletes want to improve their performance. Improvements in performance will become very rare if technology is removed from it. However, when technology lead to unfair competition it use should become limited.

Has access to technology created unfair competition?

The ethical issues related to technology use in sport include equity of access. Accessing technology is expensive, especially when talking about physiological testing or biomechanical analysis. Even some equipment is costly, and if all competitors cannot access technology then the competition is unfair due to inequities in access to technology. However, most sporting competitions involve athletes or clubs who either can or cannot afford technologies. All major sporting competitions such as: NBA, NBL, NFL, AFL, NRL, A-League, EPL, Champions League, etc have plenty of money to access technology. The same goes for many elite individual sports such as golf and tennis.

However, international sports competitions do not have the same level of equity. Individual athletes from poorer developing countries cannot always afford the same technologies as athletes from developed countries, especially from countries that place a high value on sport (America, England and Australia).