AMA Journal of Ethics®

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. October 2000, Volume 2, Number 10.

Cases in Law and Ethics

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Testing Olympic Athletes for Drug Use

October Case Scenario

Dr. T is the team physician for the Utopian College basketball team. The team has been highly competitive during their regular season and has a good chance of receiving a bid from the NIT. He has been treating AC, one of the starting members of the team and a star player. Both the student body and the coaching staff feel AC has a serious shot at being drafted by a professional team. AC has been suffering from exertional chest pain after a couple of strenuous practice sessions. Although AC has dismissed the pain as anxiety-related, he did faint after one of the practice sessions prompting the team physician to request that AC be examined by a cardiologist. AC claims he feels fine and is concerned that if he sees a cardiologist his chances of playing may be derailed. AC's family history indicates that his paternal grandfather had a premature sudden death due to a hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

What are Dr. T's ethical duties toward AC?

See what the AMA Code of Medical Ethics says about this topic in Opinion 3.06 Sports medicine. American Medical Association. Code of Medical Ethics 2008-2009 Edition. Chicago, IL: American Medical Association; 2008:130-131.

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  • Pfister GC, Puffer JC, Maron BJ. Preparticipation cardiovascular screening for US collegiate student-athletes. JAMA 2000; 283:1597.
  • Carek PJ, Futrell M ATC. Athletes' view of the preparticipation physical examination: attitudes toward certain health screening questions. Arch. Fam. Med. 1999; 8:307.

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