This activity guides the analysis of a published scientific figure from a study that compared the testosterone levels of Olympic-level elite athletes.

Testosterone is a hormone that is naturally produced by both men and women, though typically at lower levels in women. Some international sports organizations use measurements of testosterone levels to determine eligibility for competing in women’s sports events. These rules are often challenged, as demonstrated by the case of Indian sprinter Dutee Chand. This figure shows the blood testosterone levels for 676 Olympic-level elite athletes, grouped by their biological sex and sport. Using the graph, information, and attachment provided, please complete the following by submitting 500-750 words, using American Psychological Association (APA) 6th edition format and by also submitting a completion of the attached student handout.

  • Analyze and interpret data from a scientific figure.
  • Describe the ranges of testosterone levels found in male and female athletes, and discuss their implications for sex verification testing in sports.

This resource is provided by Howard Hughes Medical Institute.