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SHIANNTAYLORR
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Prosthetic Use in Sports

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Started: 4/10/2014 Category: Science
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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marcusjosephhake

Pro

Contrary to popular belief, prosthetic limbs do not provide any advantages or disadvantages in sports. The controversy came up after a man with prosthetic feet was able to run at Olympic and World Record standards. An article by thegaurdian explained how prosthesis confer "no speed advantage". It is proven that these runners have to run in a different way due to a lack of muscles in their legs. The fact is that prosthesis don"t affect your running abilities. The success of a crippled runner completely depends on the skill they have, according to livescience. Prosthesis compensate for missing limbs, it doesn"t surpass them.
SHIANNTAYLORR

Con

Point 1 Oscar PIstorius
Unfair Advantage of using prosthetics in sports, according to Marquette Sport law Review Oscar Pistorius had an unfair advantage his from his prosthetic legs due to spring in them that allowed him to push of the ground more efficiently than a normal human ankle. Oscar doesn"t lose energy like other runner with legs do he uses 1/3 of the energy compared to an Olympian who gives it his all. The runner clearly has an advantage the runner Oscar used Cheetah Blades. They are the best of the best of prosthetics not everyone can afford them they legs where specifically made for him. He was not as efficient at running before he got Cheetah Blades.
Debate Round No. 1
marcusjosephhake

Pro

Better prosthesis work like better shoes, anyone would be able to run better with them. Besides, since he only had 1/3 of his leg, he had to over compensate for the missing muscles. So he was actually working 3 times harder than other runners. Also, with prosthetic use in sports, more people will want to buy their own prosthesis and be more willing to flaunt them. With the recent increase in consumption, companies will not have to charge as much for prosthesis and they will be easier accessible to other people.
SHIANNTAYLORR

Con

According to Los Angeles Times Scientist determined that the prosthetic did give Pistorius an certain advantage. The Scientist looked at three things how much energy Pistorius expended during running, how resistant he was to fatigue, and his sprinting mechanics.His results were compared with competitive male runners with intact limbs., Pistorius uses 17% less energy than sprinters. he said. "He has 20% less limb musculature. Other athletes use their calf muscles to generate force, but he doesn't have that." Giving him and obvious advantage.
Debate Round No. 2
marcusjosephhake

Pro

But even with that "advantage" he is still using only his thighs to generate running power when normal people have many different muscles to contribute. And, with his disability, he not only had to work against his lack of muscles, he had to work against the implications and doubt generated by other people. When athletes with prosthetics are allowed to participate in sports, more media will be focused on those athletes. With that extra attention, other people with prosthesis of their own will not feel so alone and will lessen discrimination. These will experience far less bullying and discrimination.
SHIANNTAYLORR

Con

Yes he only uses his thighs but he uses Cheetah Blades. These blades boost your abilities to run faster and jump high. They give an unfair advantage to athletes ,its easier to run at he level of some who has dedicated their life to training for sport to go to the Olympics. Pistorius ran at that level with less of an effort make up for him not having a full legs.
Debate Round No. 3
marcusjosephhake

Pro

But this is also only one man. Not many other crippled runners can run to his abilities. He is not fast just because of prosthesis, he is just a good runner, just like many other crippled runners. With all of these new crippled players will come many new advertisements featuring these athletes and their prosthetic brands. Then, consumption of those products will increase and taxes can be added to those purchases to enhance the economy, helping all of us.
SHIANNTAYLORR

Con

This my be the case but the prosthetic limb can fall off, hit some else who is in the race and injure them badly causing them to break a leg etc. or not be able to do the sport again. Players are not allowed to wear anything that may be dangerous to other players. Any casts or braces made of fiberglass, plaster, metal, or any other nonpliable substances are not allowed. Projection of metal or other hard substance from a player"s person or clothing are also not allowed. The person wearing a prosthetic is putting others in danger its a safety hazard.
Debate Round No. 4
marcusjosephhake

Pro

Not all prosthesis are made of those substances. Rules can be put in place to monitor and protect others from getting hurt. But the fact is that there is always going to be risks in sports, but for prosthesis, they are outweighed by all of the positive outcomes. Getting back onto the topic of the economy, prosthesis can create more jobs. When a company is successful, they hope to expand and hire more workers. So, now more people are finding jobs because crippled athletes are advertising products and making companies more successful while also lowering the unemployment rate.
SHIANNTAYLORR

Con

There is a high risk in sports of getting hurt, so adding prosthetic will just ad a bigger risk. The fact of the matter is everyone will have to go out of their way to make sure no one gets hurt because of people with prosthetic. If prosthetic help the economy then they can have sport etc. just for people with prosthetics which will help the economy more than them playing sports with non-crippled people. Giving business more advertizement and people will have more jobs.
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