New Study Shows Physical Differences in Transgender Female Athletes

According to a new study conducted by the British Journal of Sports Medicine, it takes years after transitioning before physical advantages such as strength and heart and lung capacity dissipate in transgender women.  

Using 15 transgender women who were an average of 14 years post-transition, 14 female control participants, and 13 male control participants, the study measured muscle strength and cardiopulmonary capacity through various hand grip testing and treadmill exercises. In both circumstances, transgender women outperformed women.  

According to the results of the study, a year or two of hormonal therapy does not override the physical advantages that male puberty provides. The study utilized nonathletes, but it is assumed that differences between transgender women and women would be even more pronounced at a professional level.  

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