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Volume 57, Issue 1


Cyborgsportpersons: Between Disability and Enhancement

José Luis Pérez Triviño
Published Online: 2013-03-15 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/pcssr-2013-0003


The cyborgization of sport has occupied a noticeable role in the fields of sport and medicine in recent years due to the fact that this issue calls into question the very foundations of contemporary sport. As a result, it gives rise to doubt about whether cyborg athletes should be able to take part in different athletic competitions, and if they are allowed, under what circumstances. After examining the impact of enhancing implants and prosthesis in sport, I have considered which objections can be raised to this particular sort of enhancement. In this regard, I think that several aspects have to be taken into account: 1. The possibility of producing severe harm to the athletes; 2. The effect it has on equality among athletes when the improvement grants an obvious advantage; 3. The dehumanization of sport, and 4. The aesthetic problem My position has been to temper the “moral panic” that some may feel given the progressive (and future) use of enhancing implants and prosthesis as used by (cyborg)athletes.

Keywords : cyborg; disability; enhancement; sport nature

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Published Online: 2013-03-15

Published in Print: 2013-03-01

Citation Information: Physical Culture and Sport. Studies and Research, Volume 57, Issue 1, Pages 12–21, ISSN (Online) 1899-4849, ISSN (Print) 2081-2221, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/pcssr-2013-0003.

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