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5.13.2019/2:40 p.m.

WE HAVE BEEN OFFICIALLY ACCEPTED FOR PUBLICATION WITH AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SPORTS MEDICINE (ACSM).

Healthy people 2020 included for the first time a section devoted to the LGBTQ community, recognizing the health disparities this community faces.

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A 2014 UK study found that 50.4% of those undergoing a transition reported avoiding gyms (Ellis, et al., 2014)

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41% of trans women and 46% of trans men have attempted suicide (UNAIDS, 2014).

Exercise and physical activity may promote mental health through mechanisms such as social interaction and sense of  achievement (Mason & Holt, 2012)

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About the study

The idea for this study was a bit happenstance, but is also personal. Unfortunately many times we don't realize the need for something until the moment we are uncomfortably caught off guard.  After working with a transgender patron, a trainer of mine approached me about confusion on what standards, protocols and procedures should have been used with the transgender individual  who was in transition.  I honestly had no answer, which made me realize as both a trans individual and fitness professional, the need for a greater understanding of not only myself, but also how to proceed in such situations in order to provide better customer service for all clients and valuable information for all individuals, no matter their gender. 

This is a national study seeking to explore:

  • Current commercial gym/fitness center policies in respect to the transgender community

  • Experiences fitness professionals and gym staff have had with the transgender community

  • Current knowledge base of fitness professionals and gym staff in understanding the transgender community

  • Experiences of the transgender community with commercial gyms/fitness center

  • Understanding perceived barriers to commercial gyms/fitness centers of the transgender community

Thank you to all those who took the time to participate in this study.  Without you this research would not have been possible.  Check back in September for results. 

 
 

MEET THE TEAM

Author & Researcher of Study

Arnie "KENNIE" Story

M.S. EXERCISE SCIENCE

ACSM-CPT

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arians@uca.edu

(501) 339-3338

Research Advisor

michael gallagher

Phd Exercise science

Associate professor

university of central arkansas

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