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Acute weight loss and rehydration for combat sports


COMBAT (AND OTHER WEIGHT CATEGORY) SPORTS ATHLETES COMMONLY REDUCE BODY MASS TO COMPETE IN WEIGHT DIVISIONS BELOW THEIR DAY-TO-DAY TRAINING WEIGHT.

BOTH CHRONIC AND ACUTE WEIGHT LOSSES (OFTEN IN THE FORM OF EXTREME DEHYDRATION) ARE COMMONLY USED TO “MAKE WEIGHT.” THESE PRACTICES CORRELATE WITH COMPETITIVE SUCCESS IN CERTAIN SPORTS; HOWEVER, THEY CAN BE DETRIMENTAL TO ONE’S HEALTH AND ABSOLUTE PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE IF NOT SENSIBLY IMPLEMENTED.
BY STRATEGICALLY MANIPULATING DIETARY INTAKE OF FIBRE, CARBOHYDRATE, SODIUM AND FLUID, ATHLETES CAN MINIMIZE THE REQUIREMENT FOR SWEATING TO MAKE WEIGHT AND THE ASSOCIATED HEALTH RISKS OF EXCESSIVE DEHYDRATION.
ATHLETES SHOULD DEVELOP A THOROUGH UNDERSTANDING OF THE OPTIMAL NUTRITIONAL STRATEGIES INVOLVED IN RECOVERY AND COMBINE THEM WITH PRACTICES IDENTIFIED AS MAKING THEM “FEEL GOOD.” PREFERABLY, THEY SHOULD FOCUS ON SUITABLE CARBOHYDRATE SOURCES AND APPROPRIATE FLUID INTAKES IN THE FORM OF FAMILIAR FOODS TRAILED AHEAD OF COMPETITION.
ATHLETES SHOULD PLAN THEIR WEIGHT-MAKING STRATEGY AHEAD OF TIME AND PRACTICE THIS PRIOR TO IMPORTANT COMPETITIONS. FURTHERMORE, ATHLETES SHOULD EVALUATE AND REFINE THEIR WEIGHT-MAKING AND RECOVERY PRACTICES FROM COMPETITION TO COMPETITION.

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