Physical differences between men and women

Sept. 26, 2014

Men experience an increase in blood pressure and adrenaline levels while women have a greater heart rate level when exposed to stressful situations.  This could suggest that stress is more regulated by the nervous system in men and the metabolic system in women. 

Women have greater levels of estrogen, which has been shown to stimulate muscle repair and the regenerative process.  A decrease in hormones has been associated with a greater incidence for injury and a delay in recovery.  So, women are not just small men, as women and men differ in hormonal levels considerably.

After sitting for long periods, a driver’s muscles tend to move, or become strained.  This is called viscoelastic creep, and women were found to recover more quickly and experience less stiffness than men when exiting the vehicle after hours behind the wheel.

About the Author

Ellen Voie | President/CEO

Ellen Voie founded the Women In Trucking Association in 2007 and serves as the nonprofit’s President/CEO. Women In Trucking was formed to promote the employment of women in the trucking industry, remove obstacles that might keep them from succeeding, and to celebrate the successes of its members. Ellen was the Manager of Retention and Recruiting Programs at Schneider National, Inc.,

Ellen earned a diploma in Traffic and Transportation Management while employed as Traffic Manager for a steel fabricating plant in 1979.  She is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) with an MA in Communication from UW-Stevens Point, where she completed her research on the complex identities of women married to professional drivers. She holds a Class A CDL. In 2012 Ellen was honored by the White House as a Transportation Innovator Champion of Change

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