Preliminary practical guidelines on sex and gender

22nd January 2024

Sport and exercise researchers and practitioners make daily decisions about the research participant’s and/or client’s sex and gender identity. BASES members, Dr Kotryna Fraser, Prof Alun Williams FBASES, Thirsha de Silva, Dr Georgina Stebbings and Prof Sue Backhouse FBASES, recently authored an open-access article in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport: Making competent decisions in sport and exercise science and sports medicine: Preliminary practical guidelines on sex and gender.

This paper offers a brief overview of the existing practices and outlines two-step practical guidelines to help professionals make sound decisions and create welcoming spaces. These guidelines and practical tips extend to educators and can help inform one’s pedagogy.


BASES stands for the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. BASES is the professional body for sport and exercise sciences in the UK.

Contact us
  • Rooms G07 and G08 Fairfax Hall, Leeds Beckett University, Headingley Campus. Headingley, Leeds LS6 3QT
  • 07838 153258