Global and personal sport is ever more constituted through sciences, technologies and biologies. The track explores medicine, therapy, performance, equipment and more. Issues includie regulation, public spectacle, enhancement, therapeutic culture, fairness, welfare, embodiment.
The scientisation and biologisation of sport raises many issues for STS. Sports are the site of extraordinary human endeavour, massive global operations and enormous social, personal, cultural and moral significance for consumers, practitioners and followers. Processes of industrialisation and marketisation encourage elite athletes to embrace extreme pressures, many addressed in sports science, sports medicine and biological sciences not only to diagnose, rehabilitate and prevent injury but also to push the body to maximum capacity, and to enhance performance. 'Sports science', advanced measurement and imaging technologies, nutritional science, molecular diagnostics, informatics, and more, are applied to these goals and also to game and competition strategy and sports' infrastructures. Genetics/genomics promises contentious possibilities for athlete selection, targeting and training. Developments such as the 'biological passport' highlight issues of governance, normativity and embodiment. The evidence-base for therapeutic and performance enhancement developments is limited, raising significant social, ethical and political questions regarding long term athlete welfare, structures of professional responsibility, evidence-based practice, and the requirements for, and potential limitations of, regulatory mechanisms.
The track invites proposals including but not limited to: shaping the athlete's body; prosthetic technology and 'disability sports'; technological advancement regulations and governance frameworks; amateur performance self-monitoring; athlete health and welfare; networks of scientific /medical sport advice; publics' engagement with sport medical science; materiality of sports equipment; sci-tech aspects of historical emergence of sporting practices; relationship of sci-tech to medical reasoning, and to sports law, ethics and regulation; cultural, societal and organisational variations; data secrecy/transparency; media representation.