Moral and ethical decision-making: A chance for doping prevention in sports?


  • Marcus Melzer University of Potsdam
  • Anne-Marie Elbe Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences, University of Copenhagen
  • Ralf Brand University of Potsdam



doping prevention, ethical decision-making, moral judgment, effectiveness, young athletes


Because doping is becoming more and more of a problem in elite sports, anti-doping and prevention programs are receiving more attention. However, current doping prevention programs that primarily involve pedagogical education in youths have not been shown to be very effective. In sports philosophy there is a discourse about ethics and morality in sports in connection with doping. So far, however, the aspect of ethics has been neglected in anti-doping prevention programs. This article discusses a new approach to doping prevention for young athletes and a way to improve conventional doping prevention by focusing on the process of decision-making. The article argues that ethical decision-making programs based on ethical training programs developed in business offer a large potential for prevention programs in sport. The article concludes with a presentation of training possibilities for ethical decision-making in connection with doping.


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How to Cite

Melzer, M., Elbe, A.-M., & Brand, R. (2010). Moral and ethical decision-making: A chance for doping prevention in sports?. Etikk I Praksis - Nordic Journal of Applied Ethics, 4(1), 69-85.



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