Institutional members access full text with Ovid®

Share this article on:

Protecting the Metabolic Health of Football Players With High Fat Mass

Potteiger, Jeffrey A. PhD; McGowan-Stinski, Maggie

Strength & Conditioning Journal: December 2015 - Volume 37 - Issue 6 - p 95–101
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000158
Article

ABSTRACT: IN AN EFFORT TO MAXIMIZE SUCCESSFUL PERFORMANCE, THERE HAS BEEN A DRAMATIC INCREASE IN THE BODY SIZE OF FOOTBALL PLAYERS. WITH THIS BODY MASS INCREASE, THERE HAS BEEN A RISE IN CARDIOVASCULAR AND METABOLIC RISK FACTOR PREVALENCE, PREDOMINATELY IN OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE LINEMAN WITH LARGE WAIST CIRCUMFERENCE AND HIGH BODY FAT. STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROFESSIONALS MUST WORK WITH THE ENTIRE SPORTS MEDICINE TEAM TO PROMOTE HEALTHY BODY MASS CHANGES AND MONITOR EXCESSIVE BODY FAT INCREASES IN THESE ATHLETES. PLAYERS WITH EXCESSIVE WAIST CIRCUMFERENCE SHOULD BE MONITORED FOR ABNORMAL LEVELS OF BLOOD PRESSURE, BLOOD GLUCOSE, AND LIPID PROFILES AND TREATED ACCORDINGLY.

Department of Movement Science, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

Jeffrey A. Potteiger is the dean of Graduate Studies and a professor in the Department of Movement Science at Grand Valley State University.

Figure. No caption a...

Maggie McGowan-Stinski is an athletic training student in the Department of Movement Science at Grand Valley State University.

Figure. No caption a...
© 2015 by the National Strength & Conditioning Association