There has been questions raised over whether men transitioning to women should be competing in female athletics. Some believe that transgender women still have a competitive advantage over biological females.
According to a study published in the British newspaper, The Guardian, even though transgender women suppress testosterone, it only slightly decreases their strength.
The Daily Caller explains:
A new study shows that male athletes transitioning to women experience only a slight decrease in muscle mass, according to The Guardian.
“The muscular advantage enjoyed by transgender women is only minimally reduced when testosterone is suppressed,” the Sports Medicine study says, according to The Guardian. The study shows that trans women athletes [biological males] retain a greater advantage than biological females because the former only loses about five percent of lean body mass, muscle area and strength, The Guardian reported.
In sports that require more muscle mass and explosive strength, including golf, weightlifting and bowling, biological men have about a 29 to 52 percent advantage compared to women, The Guardian reported. In endurance sports such as running and swimming, the gap is about 10 to 13 percent, according to The Guardian.