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CHAPTER 2

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Legal Considerations and Administration

teAm ethIcS
ethics

ethics are morals; they are principles of right, wrong, and duty that guide our behavior.

Morals; a set of
principles or values
that influences
behavior.

Some actions can be unethical but still be legal, and vice versa. The coach will set the
tone for the athletes, parents, and crowd. If the baseball coach becomes upset with the
call and berates and argues with the umpire, this sends a message to the athletes and
the crowd that it is okay to do so. Teams work better when the members work together
and share the same ethics. Team ethics are essential to bring about the best experience
for all participants both on and off the playing field. In their most basic sense, team
ethics combine empathy and reason to guide important choices regarding interaction
with others. In some cases the schools may construct a code of ethics and require the
coaches, athletes, and parents to sign a copy to make them aware of the standard ethics
the school would like to portray. The goal of ethics is to provide a healthy environment
for the athletes to participate. One must always remember that playing sports is a privilege for those participating and those attending the events, and this privilege can be
taken away for abusive or inappropriate behavior. The following are examples of good
ethical behavior as it applies to individual members of the sports medicine team.

the team physician
The captain of the sports medicine team is the team physician or the athlete's family
physician. If the team does not have a physician, the injured athlete's family physician will establish the plan of care. No ancillary medical person, such as the athletic
trainer, should overrule or undermine decisions made by the physician. Accordingly,
the team physician must exercise the ultimate in good ethics and integrity, not allowing decisions to be influenced by personal or professional motives, or by undue
persuasion of other sports medicine team members, including an athlete. The athlete's long-term physical and mental well-being should never be compromised. The
physician's behavior should be firmly founded on scientific judgments and compassionate understanding. It is also
important that the physician is up
to date with the rules and medical
standards in athletics.

the Athletic trainer

2-6 | The certified athletic trainer is responsible for making sure the correct
information is passed along to the people who need it.

In ideal cases, the athletic trainer is
there daily for the care and prevention of athletic injuries (Figure 2-6).
The athletic trainer also helps organize the sports medicine team by
serving as a communication link
among all the individuals involved,
making sure everyone has the necessary information. The athletic
trainer plays one of the most pivotal and difficult roles in team
ethics: keeping an athlete's confidential issues private. Remember, a
large part of an athletic trainer's job



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