Spirituality, Sport, and Doping: More than Just a Game

  • Tracy J. Trothen

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Religious Studies book series (BRIEFSRESTU)

Also part of the Briefs in Religion and Sport book sub series (SBRS)

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About this book


This book explores the deeper meaning of sports. Drawing on contemporary research, the author makes a strong case for why we should see sport not only in terms of religion but--more importantly-as a possible location for spiritual meaning. Taking this a step farther, she considers how gene editing, robotics, and other biomedical technological enhancements affect not only sports performances but experiences of sport as sacred. In addition, the author explores what difference it might make to the enhancement debate if sports’ spirituality is taken seriously.

The author is not afraid to explore the issue in all its complexity. Yet, the argument she presents is both meaningful and accessible. This investigation applies insights from Christian theology, applied ethics, psychology, and sports studies.

From lightweight tennis racquets to anabolic steroids, athletes have long used technology and science to improve their performances. But, until now, no one has asked how biomedical technological enhancements might affect the undervalued spiritual dimension of sport. This book presents rich insights into the connection between sports, spirituality, and human enhancement technologies. It will appeal to researchers, athletes and sports followers, and undergraduate and graduate students in ethics, sport, religion or theology.


Spirituality of Sport Sport and Doping Theology of Sport Human Enhancement Technology Technology and Sport Enhancement Ethics gene editing in sport sacredness of sport spirituality and sport enhancement

Authors and affiliations

  • Tracy J. Trothen
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Religion and School of Rehabilitation TherapyQueen’s UniversityKingstonCanada

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-02996-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-02997-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2510-5035
  • Series Online ISSN 2510-5043
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