Making weight in combat sports

Combat sports are categorized into weight classes intended to promote fair competition by matching opponents of equal stature and body mass. Many athletes aim to compete at the lightest weight possible in the belief that it will offer a competitive edge over opponents. Consequently, combat athletes often rely on acute and chronic dehydration and restricted energy intake to make weight. In contrast, this article outlines key principles from exercise metabolism and nutrition that combat athletes can employ to more gradually make weight and therefore avoid the negative health and performance effects associated with traditional weight-making strategies.
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Subjects: combat sport wrestling judo taekwondo boxing weight body indices regulation training means fluid metabolism health
Notations: combat sports biological and medical sciences
DOI: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e318231bb64
Published in: Strength and Conditioning Journal
Published: 2011
Volume: 33
Issue: 6
Pages: 25-39
Document types: article
Language: English
Level: advanced