Professor of physiology says transgender athletes have advantage in speed, power

Stuff 3 December 2017
Family First Comment: Actually, we didn’t need a physiology professor to tell us what is clearly obvious to all!
A New Zealand physiology professor says transgender athletes have advantages over their female competitors and more research needs to be done by sporting regulators before they should compete against each other.
Otago University professor in physiology Alison Heather has researched transgender changes, particularly in top level sport.
She is adamant international sporting regulation bodies such as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have rushed a decision to include transgender athletes in male and female categories, as there has not been enough research.
Heather says the controversial inclusion of Kiwi weightlifter Laurel Hubbard is a good example of the IOC not taking the time to research the science behind a transition.
“It could be seen as an advantage and that is why they have male categories and female categories.”
Heather believes there is a potential muscle memory effect for Hubbard, having competed previously as a man.


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