Pediatric Bioethics Conference

The 16th Annual Pediatric Bioethics Conference will be presented virtually this year

2021 Conference: Pushing the Limits: Children, Athletics and Ethics


July 23–24, 2021, presented virtually

Athletics are a central part of the lives of children, adolescents and young adults. Kids are engaging in athletics at younger ages and higher intensities than ever before, bringing a greater understanding of both the benefits and risks of athletic participation. Our latest knowledge has shaped some serious ethical questions.

Speakers will examine the benefits and risks of athletic participation and dive into the implications of inclusion and fairness – or the lack thereof. We will also discuss our roles as healthcare providers, parents and coaches in creating a healthy environment for children who participate in athletics.

Join us for our 16th Annual Pediatric Bioethics Conference, where we will grapple with ethical issues raised by youth sports such as:

  • Has the line blurred between disciplined coaching and abuse?
  • What is the role of bioethics in issues that go beyond medicine?
  • What constitutes an unfair advantage?
  • Has the business of youth athletics led to a “play gap”?
  • What is the true purpose of youth athletics?

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Who should attend?

Healthcare providers, sports medicine providers, bioethicists and coaches, trainers and others interested in ethical issues related to youth athletics.

Conference Planning Committee

  • Douglas Diekema, MD, MPH, co-chair
  • Aaron Wightman, MD, MA, co-chair
  • Monique Burton, MD
  • Denise Dudzinski, PhD, MTS
  • Devan Duenas, MA
  • Paul Homer, MD
  • Stephanie Kraft, JD
  • Kate MacDuffie, PhD
  • Kyle Nagle, MD, MPH
  • Katie Porter, JD, MPH
  • Celeste Quitiquit, MD
  • Jennifer Scott, MHA
  • Margarett Shnorhavorian, MD, MPH
  • Diana Wells, BA
  • Benjamin Wilfond, MD