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SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND ABUSE IN SPORT

SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND ABUSE IN SPORT | Sports-Ethics-Amanda-Mueller | Scoop.it

 Sexual harassment and abuse are forms of sex discrimination. They include unwanted, groomed or forced involvement in sexual behaviour, from use of offensive stereotypes based on your gender to sexual jokes, threats, intimidation, approaches or actions of a sexual nature

 

10 top tips for keeping safe and gaining respect  :

1. Respect the rights of both the athletes and yourself

 

2. Know your rights and responsibilities

 

3. Inform yourself of the signs of sexual harassment and abuse

 

4. Look out for and respond to these signs among your team

 

5. If you have any concerns talk with your team chaperone or welfare officer or call a helpline

 

6. Do not ask an athlete to go alone with you anywhere

 

7. Do not pressure or encourage an athlete to doing anything sexual

 

8. Challenge others if they behave inappropriately

 

9. Be a good model for others to follow

 

10. Have fun with your team and fellow coaches within sensible limits

 

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Youth football coaches lead the way in player safety

Youth football coaches lead the way in player safety | Sports-Ethics-Amanda-Mueller | Scoop.it

Although football dominates the country’s airwaves like no other game, some people view it as an endangered sport.


Mounting scrutiny about the lasting impact of concussions has generated controversy for the National Football League, calling into question the long-term stability of a game that could risk the health of anyone playing it.

 

Fairfax County has been near the forefront of a recent movement to preserve and enhance football by improving instruction for youths. Last year, local coaches fell in step with Heads Up Football, a national youth program aimed at improving tackling techniques to foster a safer game.


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John Baker's curator insight, February 15, 2014 10:10 PM

Teaching is important but doing it the right way is even more important. Safety comes first than performance after.

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Good Youth Sports Coaches Teach, Model and Demand Sportsmanship, Fairness and Respectful Behavior

Good Youth Sports Coaches Teach, Model and Demand Sportsmanship, Fairness and Respectful Behavior | Sports-Ethics-Amanda-Mueller | Scoop.it
Good youth sports coaches teach, model, and demand respectful behavior, fairness and sportsmanship by athletes.

 

As a society we would not find it acceptable if teachers encouraged their students to cheat on tests. Youth sports should be no different. Existing programs to teach athletes moral ethics and to help coaches to teach moral ethics should be expanded and instituted in every community to teach decision-making, sportsmanship, competitive integrity, inspiring through leadership, justice and competitive responsibility.

Good coaches are alert to the possibility of bullying and proactively seek ways to reduce it. Similarly, a good coach teaches and models respect for the opposing team and game officials.

 

Coaches should be able to accept bad calls by umpires, refs and other sports officials (remember, most of them are volunteers, too)and mistakes by players without a public display of emotion or of dissatisfaction 

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MaryGrace Balaban's curator insight, January 14, 2014 9:07 PM

This makes me grateful for the outstanding coaches I have known. To all coaches, from up-and-coming aspirants to seasoned veterans, may this serve as a guideline for how you lead your youngsters. 

Aaron Rowe's curator insight, July 17, 2016 10:45 PM
Very interesting.
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Protecting Youth Athletes from Sexual Abuse: Key Actions for Parents & Coaches

Kidpower and Positive Coaching Alliance present this new video for Youth Sports Coaches and Parents, along with another for youth sports organization leaders, to help keep young athletes safe from sexual predators and abuse. These videos are the product of a vital partnership between Kidpower and PCA since 2011.

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CNN Explains: Performance enhancing drugs

CNN's Elizabeth Cohen explains why athletes might use PEDs and how they can do the body more harm than good.
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Performance Enhancing Drugs in Sports

Performance Enhancing Drugs in Sports | Sports-Ethics-Amanda-Mueller | Scoop.it

August 5, 2013 - Major League Baseball suspends New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez for 211 regular-season games through the 2014 season. Rodriguez says he plans to appeal. Twelve other players have accepted 50-game suspensions without pay for their ties to the Biogenesis scandal.

 

The use of performance-enhancing drugs by professional athletes, or "doping", has been acknowledged as a problem since at least the 1960s.

 

There are several types of performance-enhancing drugs: anabolic steroids, stimulants, human growth hormone and supplements.

Anabolic steroids are synthetic substances that stimulate proteins that help build non-fat muscle mass, helping an athlete become stronger and able to train and play for longer periods of time.

 

Tetrahydrogestrinone, also called "THG" or "The Clear," is the type of steroid purportedly used by many high-profile athletes, including track star Marion Jones and baseball player Barry Bonds.

 

Stimulants help boost an athlete's energy level, helpful after strenuous training. Amphetamines are a type of stimulant.

 

Human growth hormone (HGH), is available only by prescription and is administered by injection. Athletes take it for improved endurance and strength although there is no definitive proof that it boosts athletic performance.

 

Androstenedione, known as "andro," was formerly an over the counter supplement but was banned by the NFL, Olympics, NCAA and later the MLB. It helps the body process testosterone.

 

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High school football coaches deal with struggle to keep players safe

Coach, Brad Wilson said when he started coaching more than 30 years ago, his teams practiced full contact four or five days a week. Not anymore. Wilson says, I think the game has changed," "We don't hit like we used to -- first, to look out for the safety of the kids and second, I don't think it's necessary. It's more teaching technique."

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IOC member wants sexual orientation added to forms of discrimination

IOC member wants sexual orientation added to forms of discrimination | Sports-Ethics-Amanda-Mueller | Scoop.it

America's newest member of the International Olympic Committee would vote to amend the Olympic charter to list sexual orientation as a form of discrimination.

 

The sixth item in the charter's "Fundamental Principles of Olympism'' says "any form of discrimination ... on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement.'' It does not specifically mention sexual orientation
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CEO Scott Blackmun says, 

"We want to lead by example and advocate internally to make sure we, as a family, are sending the message that we don't tolerate discrimination.''



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Confronting Sexual Abuse and Harassment by Sport Coaches: A Need for a National Effort

The result is athletes across all sports becoming victims of sexual exploitation as consenting or non-consenting minors or adults and coach/perpetrators caught only after numerous transgressions and/or continuing to coach after deals are struck to protect the organization.    

It is probably the biggest problem confronting sport today,' says Professor Celia Brackenridge, who has been researching sex abuse in sport for more than 15 years. 'Everyone talks about the perils of doping, but if there were 100 drugs cases under investigation in football, or 60 in swimming, or 40 in tennis, there would be uproar. Yet that's the scale of the problem with sex abuse today.'(Observer Sports Monthly April 2002)

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Doping in Sport

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Doping in sports is a huge societal problem. No longer limited to elite athletes, it is increasingly found in amateur and school sports.


Abuse of medicines for sports doping purposes represents an unsafe and unapproved use of medicines and brings significant health risks. 



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