Study: Trans Women Still Have Athletic Advantage Over Women After Year Of Hormone Therapy

Study: Trans Women Still Have Athletic Advantage Over Women After Year Of Hormone Therapy


Amid continued debate about the propriety of letting biological males who identify as females compete against biological females in athletic events, a new study indicates that after a year of hormone therapy, transgender women still maintain an athletic advantage over their female counterparts.

Published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, the study examined trans men and women in the Air Force between 2013 and 2018.

“The Air Force’s fitness assessment includes the number of pushups and situps performed in a minute, and the time required to run 1.5 miles,” NBC News reported, adding: “For the first two years after starting hormones, the trans women in their review were able to do 10 percent more pushups and 6 percent more situps than their cisgender female counterparts.”

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Even two years after hormone therapy had been used, trans women were 12% faster on the 1.5 mile-run than women they were competing against.

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