Kimberly Meadows- Clark
Owner at Clark Holdings, LLC.
Who owns an athlete’s performance data, and their right to bodily integrity?
As sports become more tech savvy and globalized athletes are learning to adapt to the changes. Today there are many ways for coaches, fans, scouts, etc. to monitor an athlete’s ability and performance. Performance data provides the necessary statistics and performance indicators to manage decisions on growth, agility, speed, strength, and other factors involved in performance. Athletes might have on uniforms with monitoring chips during games, practices, or workouts; they might even have on items that monitor such as watches, headbands, and ankle bracelets. The question is who owns the rights to all of this? When an athlete embarks on this journey, they know that it is important to work towards being the best in their field. While working towards being the best you have to know where you were, are, and are going; so monitoring your progress is important. Everyone has a right to bodily integrity, but when going into the professional sports arena, athletes must know that their bodies are a commodity and investment for team owners. Athletes must know that they are also setting the stage for new comers and new ideas. Should they have more rights to bodily integrity, yes I do think so, but they also know what comes with the territory of being a professional athlete.