The Transgender Athlete



We have seen a lot in recent years that seems to be polarizing this country. More than I have ever witnessed in my nearly half century on this planet. In the last few years, an area that seems to be growing in its polarization in the world of sports is how to approach a transgender athlete, particularly from the standpoint of participation. It’s easy for any of us to rush to a conclusion as to what may seem like the easy way out, as many states have been attempting….to just outright ban the participation of transgender athletes in sport. But should we be discouraging anyone from participation in a sport?  As I’ve learned over the years, we need to first listen and learn, before making a decision that can affect the lives and especially mental well-being of the lives of our youth. Today on the podcast, I am proud to have a fellow Vanderbilt Sports Medicine grad on my program to help us all learn a little, to listen a little, to help us all to be better advocates for the transgender athlete.  Her recent talk at my annual sports medicine conference was truly educational for me and I’m hopeful this conversation today will provide the same experience for you.


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— Care of the Transgender Athlete
Dubon ME, Abbott K, Carl RL. Care of the Transgender Athlete. Curr Sports Med Rep. 2018 Dec;17(12):410-418. doi: 10.1249/JSR.0000000000000545. PMID: 30531457.

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Dr. Mark Halstead received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin Medical School. He stayed at the University of Wisconsin for his pediatric residency, followed by a year as the chief resident. Following residency, he completed a pediatric and adult sports medicine fellowship at Vanderbilt University. He has been an elected member to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness and the Board of Directors of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM). He has served as a team physician or medical consultant to numerous high schools, Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, Washington University, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Athletica, and St. Louis Rams. He serves and has served on many local, regional and national committees as an advisor for sports medicine and concussions. Dr. Halstead is a national recognized expert in sport-related concussions and pediatric sports medicine.

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Katie Rizzone - A Guest on The Pediatric Sports Medicine Podcast with Dr. Mark HalsteadKatie Rizzone

Dr. Rizzone is an Associate Professor of Orthopaedics and Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York. She is the head team physician for the State University of New York at Brockport and has multiple areas of clinical and research that she focuses on including running medicine, female athlete and injury prevention.

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