Track & Field

Publish your raw data and your speculations, then let other people do the analysis: track and field edition


Methods 2127 observations of competition best performances and mass spectrometry-measured serum androgen concentrations, obtained during the 2011 and 2013 International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships, were analysed in male and female elite track and field athletes. Results The type of athletic event did not influence fT concentration among elite women, whereas male sprinters showed higher values for fT than male athletes in other events. When compared with the lowest female fT tertile, women with the highest fT tertile performed significantly (p 0.05) better in 400 m, 400 m hurdles, 800 m, hammer throw, and pole vault with margins of 2.73%, 2.78%, 1.78%, 4.53%, and 2.94%, respectively. The paper correlates testosterone levels in athletes with their performance at a recent World Championship and makes causal claims about the affects of testosterone on female performance.