30 Mar '15, 1pm

Agree @jopavey - concerned by no of athletes on thyroid medication; post by @Scienceofsport http…

One final thought on the thyroid hormone issue, and I have to raise the ghosts of female/gender issues in sport. There are some “conditions”, which are not really conditions, but rather normal variations in hormones that preclude certain individuals from succeeding in sport. For instance, a study by Cook et al showed clearly that female athletes with higher testosterone levels were elite, and those with lower levels were not (link in comments section below) Such is life – you have it, or you don’t. In some instances, those who have it become elite, those who do not, well, they become enthusiasts. Now, I am totally sympathetic to the fact that there are individuals who genuinely are affected by hormone imbalances. Hypothyroidism is real. As is hypogonadism in males, and a variety of other conditions. But when it comes to elite sport, there’s a certain element of luck in the...

Full article: http://sportsscientists.com/2013/04/the-thyroid-medicatio...

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