Virtual Mentor

Virtual Mentor. July 2014, Volume 16, Number 7: 521-588.

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July 2014 Contents

Ethical Issues in the Physician-Athlete Relationship

Ethics Poll

Which of the following do you think is the best approach for managing use of performance-enhancing substances (e.g., dietary supplements, hormones, steroids) in competitive sports?
Better detection of substance use and strict enforcement of prohibition of all such substances.
Allowing the use of such substances and leaving decisions about use to athletes and their trainers.
Legalizing medically supervised use of the substances.
Don’t know.

Given research findings about the cumulative and long-term effects on the brain of concussions incurred in contact sports, American football should be banned in high schools.
Agree.
Disagree.
Don’t know.

Which of the following best describes what you think about bodies with the degree of muscularity shown in this image?
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I think it looks attractive.
I do not find it attractive, but I respect the discipline and dedication it takes to achieve that level of muscularity.
I do not find it attractive, and think the discipline and dedication would have been better directed elsewhere.
I have no feelings about the image, one way or the other.

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From the Editor

How You Play the Game
Trahern W. Jones
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Educating for Professionalism

Ethics Cases

Evaluating the Risks and Benefits of Participation in High-School Football
Commentary by Michael J. O’Brien and William P. Meehan III
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A Patient’s Request for Steroids to Enhance Participation in Wilderness Sport and Adventure
Commentary by Christopher Madden, Aaron D. Campbell, and Jessica Pierce
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Nonmaleficence in Sports Medicine
Commentary by David H. Sohn and Robert Steiner
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The Code Says

The AMA Code of Medical Ethics' Opinion on Treating Athletes
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Journal Discussion

What We Talk about When We Talk about Performance Enhancement
Andrew Courtwright
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:543-546.

State of the Art and Science

Drug Testing in Sport: hGH (Human Growth Hormone)
Gary A. Green
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:547-551.

Law, Policy, and Society

Health Law

Concussion-Related Litigation against the National Football League
Richard Weinmeyer
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:552-558.

Policy Forum

Addressing Concussion in Youth Sports
Kevin D. Walter
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:559-564.

Medicine and Society

Muscle as Fashion: Messages from the Bodybuilding Subculture
Anthony Cortese
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:565-569.

Op-Ed and Correspondence

Op-Ed

Physicians and the Sports Doping Epidemic
John Hoberman
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:570-574.

Resources

Suggested Readings and Resources
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About the Contributors
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