The students of Valley Center High School’s Physiology class conducted multiple tests to prove that a male non-athlete’s muscle mass and strength is greater than that of a female athlete. To test this theory, students compared non-athletic males to athletic females and collected data in a variety of different lab tests. Females typically have less muscle mass, denser bones, and a smaller thorax- in comparison to men- causing them to underperform when compared to male peers. In the experiment a variety of different body parts were measured in order to prove the significant difference the two sexes. Statistics prove that in general males, even non-athletic, are stronger in regards to force versus females.
The students tested both females and males in order to determine the strength and BMI of the individuals. In order to do so the students used their biceps, triceps, and forearms to put pressure on a scale; this information was then put into an equation to calculate the strength of their muscles. Predominantly females have an overall smaller body in comparison to men, because of this females muscles mass is less.
According to the Journal of Applied Physiology experts stated that, “men had an average of 72.6 pounds of muscle compared to the 46.2 pounds found in women”. This demonstrates the theory the students had been testing, that females bodies overall are already smaller in comparison to their male counterparts. In the graphs below the measurement of upper body muscles both on athletic females and non-athletic males are shown. In the graphs the bars are mostly around the same number, that information helps prove the theory tested that men usually have more muscle mass than a female, athletic or not. In the experiment the students conducted on how the sexes differ in the measurement of their upper body parts are an example of how the skeleton of a female is overall smaller than that of a male’s, in most cases. If bone size does increase a person’s ability to perform athletic capability then males automatically are deemed more athletic compared to females.
Studies show that females bones are denser, and that a males bones “grow and develop longer, they also become larger”. Considering that bone size can increase an individual’s performance in sports, this information helps demonstrate the said theory by revealing that men usually overall are better athletes in comparison to females, even if the female happens to be just as athletic. Most females have a smaller body over all in comparison to their male counterparts.
Because of this a female’s thorax is smaller as well, with a smaller thorax a womens long capacity is lower along with their respiratory rate being higher. This leads to a great contrast between the gender’s endurance levels. A male would have more lung capacity and air space to do long term athletic activities versus a female.
In the experiment another activity that was performed was sprints, and out of both of the sexes, the males were in most cases faster with less fatigue. This has to do with the greater lung capacity they have. The students of Valley Center High School came to the conclusion that although a female can be athletic, she could underperform when out against a male counterpart, even if he is not athletic.
This is possible because female’s have lesser muscle mass, denser bones, and a smaller thorax. Now this isn’t true in all cases, there can be athletic females that are fit enough to be stronger and have more muscle mass than a male peer. However in general the female will underperform when put to the test against a fellow male student.