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The Wisconsin wrestling minimum weight project: a model for weight control among high school wrestlers.

OPPLIGER, ROBERT A.; HARMS, RONALD D.; HERRMANN, DONALD E.; STREICH, CYNTHIA M.; CLARK, R. RANDALL

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Abstract

In 1989, the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association implemented a project including new rules and an educational program, consistent with ACSM and AMA guidelines, to curtail "weight cutting" among high-school wrestlers. The project included skinfold estimates of body fatness to determine a minimum competitive weight, a limit on weekly weight loss, and presentation of nutrition education information to help wrestlers diet effectively. Implementation of the project has overcome a variety of obstacles and has received widespread endorsement from parents, teachers, wrestlers, and coaches. The success of this project offers a model for other states to emulate and should encourage clinicians in other sports to initiate interventions addressing these unhealthy weight loss behaviors.

(C)1995The American College of Sports Medicine

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