Wrestlers and other combat sports athletes often find themselves with very little time to lose enough pounds to make their desired weight class. A study published in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness examines the impact this strategy can have on competitors.
Ten elite college aged wrestlers lost body mass and water weight after restricting food and fluids intake. Compared to measurements taken before rapid weight loss, hand grip and isometric back strength decreased. Individual rate of perceived exertion increased and each subject's sense of balance suffered.
Obviously, none of these conditions is ideal for competing in an event as physically demanding as wrestling. Keeping your competitive weight stable throughout the season would be a much better approach. With that in mind, check out today's Breaking News for a timely holiday tip on counteracting the effects of over-eating.