Medical Research with College Athletes: Some Ethical Issues
IRB: A Review of Human Subjects Research
college athletes, coaches, ethics, medical research
Student athletes are a natural subject pool for certain kinds of medical research: they are healthy and young; they do interesting things with their bodies; they are easily identified and recruited; they are right there on campus; and they live, sleep, train, and eat in a relatively controlled environment. Further, they may be highly motivated to discover answers to certain questions. Because elite athletes often attend large institutions with medical schools and powerful research agendas, they are a natural subject pool. IRBs in such institutions should be alert for ethical issues relevant to research with college athletes.
Dena S. Davis, Medical Research with College Athletes: Some Ethical Issues, 20 IRB: A Review of Human Subjects Research 10 (1998)