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dc.contributor.authorKent, Cody
dc.date.accessioned2014-02-21T15:15:32Z
dc.date.available2014-02-21T15:15:32Z
dc.date.issued2014-02-21
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10464/5232
dc.description.abstractAbstract Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) founded in 1993 have been under scrutiny for the past two decades. Unlike boxing, the ethical status of MMA and whether it is morally defensible have rarely been analyzed in the academic literature. I argue that MMA requires such an analysis because it is inherently violent. The purpose of this study was to examine elite-level MMA by referring to the ethical concepts of autonomy, paternalism and the Harm Principle. Findings from interviews with MMA athletes as well as my personal experience of MMA were presented to establish a deeper understanding of the sport and what it means to train and compete in a sport defined as violent. The conceptual analysis and findings of MMA athletes' experiences in this investigation resulted in the conclusion that MMA is ethically defensible. Additional findings, implications and recommendations for further research were also discussed.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherBrock Universityen_US
dc.subjectautonomy, harm, paternalism, fighting, mixed martial arts, sport ethicsen_US
dc.titleCan Mixed Martial Arts be Ethically Defended?: Autonomy, Paternalism and the Harm Principleen_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesis or Dissertationen_US
dc.degree.nameM.A. Applied Health Sciencesen_US
dc.degree.levelMastersen_US
dc.contributor.departmentApplied Health Sciences Programen_US
dc.degree.disciplineFaculty of Applied Health Sciencesen_US
dc.embargo.termsNoneen_US


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