Professionalism and the ethics of the sideline physician

Curr Sports Med Rep. 2006 May;5(3):120-4. doi: 10.1097/01.csmr.0000306300.03073.d7.


The physician working on the sidelines of a public sporting event may encounter a unique set of ethical dilemmas. Many of the ethical pitfalls result from the physician's responsibilities, not only to the patient, but also to teams and events. Standard rules of confidentiality and patient autonomy may not apply. We propose the use of professionalism as a guide for the sideline physician when faced with difficult ethical situations.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Confidentiality
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Decision Making
  • Emergencies
  • Ethics, Professional*
  • Humans
  • Informed Consent
  • Physician's Role
  • Physicians / ethics*
  • Sports Medicine / ethics*
  • Sports*