Sports Medicine Ethics - A Dedication to Self Morals vs Taking One for the Team

Activity Details
  • Credit Amounts:
    • CNE: 1.20
    • UNTHSC: 1.00
    • Physicians: 1.00
    • PT: 1.00
  • Cost: Free
  • Release: Jun 9, 2017
  • Expires: Jun 9, 2019
  • Estimated Time to Complete:
    1 Hour(s)
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Michael Shaffer Michael Shaffer, DO
Associate Professor, Family and Sports Medicine, UNT Health Science Center

Needs Statement

Physicians are trained to assess, evaluate, prevent, treat and heal. As we graduate from medical school we recite the Hippocratic Oath subjecting ourselves to the premise of “Do No Harm”. From our childhood, we are reared with our family’s morals and values. These are then reinforced, modified, altered and challenged throughout our lives based on the life experiences and education we encounter. Sports, like most industries, brings about situations that can challenge one’s moral fiber. It is here where lines blur, jobs feel threatened and decisions are made that test the oath we recited as a nubile physician. Our discussion will examine how morals of young physicians with altruistic beliefs are put to the test by an ever-evolving and growing monster which thrives on intensity, notoriety, fame, the thrill of victory, the agony of the other teams defeat and the almighty dollar.

Target Audience

This activity was planned to address the educational needs of physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses and physical therapists.


• Compare and contrast ethics, morals, and values
• Identify the key players and their roles/attitudes within the sports establishment
• Characterize the ethical dilemmas faced by sports medicine professionals
• Assess the ethical basis for decisions made by sports medicine professionals



UNT Health Science Center is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # 16274. This activity is approved for 1.20 Contact Hours.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center certifies this activity for 1.00 hour of participation.


The University of North Texas Health Science Center is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to award continuing medical education to physicians.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center has requested that the AOA Council on Continuing Medical Education approve this program for 1.00 hour of AOA Category 1B CME credits. Approval is currently pending.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center has determined that this CME activity provides hours towards the Texas State Board of Medical Examiner's standard, annual ethics/professional responsibility requirement.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center presents this activity for educational purposes only. Participants are expected to utilize their own expertise and judgment while engaged in the practice of medicine. The content of the presentations is provided solely by presenters who have been selected for presentations because of recognized expertise in their field.

ACGME Competencies

  • Patient care
  • Medical knowledge
  • Professionalism

IOM Competencies

  • Provide patient-centered care
  • Employ evidence-based practice

IPE Competencies

  • Values/Ethics for Interprofessional Practice


UNT Health Science Center is accredited by Texas Physical Therapy Association, Provider 1810035TX. This activity is approved for 1.00 CCU for PTs and PTAs.

For successful completion, a participant must attend the program, complete the evaluation, and request credit online at conclusion of the activity.

The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.

Faculty Disclosure

Dr. Shaffer has nothing to disclose.   The UNT Health Science Center Professional and Continuing Education staff have nothing to disclose.