High school boys outperform Olympic women in most sports
by Aaron Warner
Trying to take seriously the argument that boys should be allowed to compete with girls ends at around the sixth grade. The converse is not true. If a girl can compete with boys beyond that, and she and her parents are comfortable taking the risk, so be it. However neither the science nor the statistics are on the side of young men, be they neurotypical (sane) or not (mentally ill), when it comes to competing against young women, especially in their teens.
The science is settled when it comes to the advantages male athletes have over females. This is not opinion or western patriarchy imposing its hegemonic power. Bio-mechanics based in the laws of physics and biology make it obvious.
As a Performance Enhancement Specialist certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine I am educated to know the different training requirements for males versus females. I have trained both males and females, high school to Olympian, to win World, Olympic, Pan-American and national championships in a variety of sports. Males, especially as they move through puberty, enjoy the following physiological advantages over females:
- More muscle mass ratio to bodyweight (better speed and acceleration)
- Greater bone density (more mass and less likely to get injured)
- Larger musculo-skeletal build (more mass and impact advantage)
- Greater cardiovascular capacity / VO2 max (reach peak performance quicker)
- Narrower hips (allowing for better speed)
None of this is new information and the ship for science to find otherwise has sailed. Not even surgery and hormone therapy can shore up the differences based on current studies where common sense should have sufficed.
Furthermore, in the areas of performance enhancement, which is to use training to create athletic adaptations and advantages, males again have greater capacity for athletic supremacy, also bore out in the numbers. Males have historically, at present, and always will have greater absolute strength capacity, absolute speed production, absolute acceleration, peak cardiovascular capacity and greater force production and reduction capabilities. Put in laymen’s terms, they have been, are and will always be capable of superior athletic performance in virtually all Vermont high school sports, especially basketball, soccer, track, golf, skiing and swimming.
Even looking at sports categories the division is plain. There are no girl’s football teams, nor boys volleyball teams, nor girls wrestling teams, nor boys gymnastics teams. Not only did this occur naturally, Vermont simply can’t support them for lack of interest due to lack of biological markers making them fair. No matter what the ideological soup du jour is being cooked up in Montpelier or by the other disenchanted cultural activists, teens know by and large what is fair. Not to mention boys, and girls, have consciences and integrity, both becoming scarce among university professors, school administrators and politicians, which disallow them from taking advantage of their peers.
These facts ought to be enough to make an airtight case against allowing male athletes from competing against females, whatever their dysphoria may be. Vermont athletics is built on rules, not exceptions, and the precedent being set statewide is not only psychologically damaging to both female athletes but trans-athletes as well. The field of psychology has long warned against enabling negative behavior. Vermont telling boys they can compete against girls in sports where the performance advantages are unavoidable creates psychological harm for everyone, parents included. Rules govern fairness in sports. Vermont’s allowing boys to compete against disadvantaged girls begs the question, do rules even matter at this point? Why bother calling fouls in basketball, or even having an out of bounds if we aren’t going to respect such obvious natural boundaries?
Pushing the boundaries is in line with the human spirit. Climbing Mount Everest, jumping the Grand Canyon, or a Vermont favorite, the polar plunge, all enliven the quest we share to see what’s possible. However this has never come at the expense of abusing the weaker among us. There is no honor or glory in that, and so this endeavor to blur the lines and break the boundary protecting women from men is ludicrous – literally.
The 21st Century is one being shaped by data. Social media and nearly every business wishing to succeed mine every ounce of data to see what is true of potential customers and clients in hopes of meeting their needs, with the bottom line increasing as the ultimate goal. Data drives profits, which is the purpose of running a business.
What does the data say when it comes to men competing against women? Better yet, what does the data reveal when comparing high school boys 18 and younger to the most elite female athletes in the world? This may or may not surprise you, however just two sports, track and field and swimming, expose the absolute difference between the sexes, and the advantage is heavily in favor of boys versus fully developed women.
- High School Boys – 34 medals (12 gold, 11 silver, 11 bronze)
- Olympic Women – 5 medals (1 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze)
What about swimming? Have a look:
- High School Boys – 47 medals (16 gold, 16 silver, 15 bronze)
- Olympic Women – 1 medal (1 bronze)
Bringing the grand total to:
- High School Boys – 81 medals (28 gold, 27 silver, 26 bronze)
- Olympic Women – 6 medals (1 gold, 2 silver, 3 bronze)
Put plainly from a coaching perspective – that is complete domination. Usually this type of trouncing at the highest level would call for a celebration, but the boys couldn’t even go get a beer after, let alone celebrate this belittling of women in good conscience.
The state of Vermont and its associated athletic governing bodies needs to end this assault on Vermont high school girls. Thanks largely to intimidation and peer pressure tactics, like those used against the Randolph girls’ volleyball team last year, both boys and girls are scared to speak publicly against the crazy train bearing down on them from school officials and Montpelier. These kids can’t even vote.
However the state can and should create a Vermont Student Athlete Council to address this issue and find out what do students really feel about boys competing against girls in girl’s sports.
It’s time for a reckoning.
Contact the Vermont Principal’s Association who meets today to let them know these rules need to change to protect girls rather than boys who identify as trans.
As noted above the author is a Performance Enhancement Specialist certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He is also the Vermont Daily Chronicle regional reporter for Windsor County and a Hartford resident.