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ACSM Expert Consensus Statement on Weight Loss in Weight-Category Sports

Burke, LM, Slater, GJ, Matthews, JJ, Langan-Evans, C and Horswill, CA (2021) ACSM Expert Consensus Statement on Weight Loss in Weight-Category Sports. Current Sports Medicine Reports, 20 (4). pp. 199-217. ISSN 1537-890X

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Weight-category sports are defined by the requirement of a weigh-in before competition to provide performance equity and reduced injury risks by eliminating size discrepancies. Athletes in these sports try to gain a theoretical advantage by competing in weight divisions that are lower than their day-to-day body mass (BM), using a combination of chronic strategies (body-fat losses) and acute manipulations over a period of hours to days before weigh-in ("making weight"). Strategies to support safer practices include minimal competition weight classification based on preseason body composition, reductions in the period between weigh-in and competition, and prohibition of unhealthy weight loss techniques. At an individual level, expert guidance by a sports nutrition professional can help an athlete to establish a pragmatic and long-term approach to BM management, recognizing the nuances of their sport, to achieve favorable outcomes for both health and performance.

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Additional Information: This is the Accepted Version of: ACSM Expert Consensus Statement on Weight Loss in Weight-Category Sports which can be found in the Journal Title Current Sports Medicine Reports: April 2021 - Volume 20 - Issue 4 - p 199-217 doi: 10.1249/JSR.0000000000000831
Uncontrolled Keywords: Science & Technology; Life Sciences & Biomedicine; Sport Sciences; NEUTROPHIL PHAGOCYTIC-ACTIVITY; BODY-MASS MANAGEMENT; COMBAT SPORTS; CERTIFICATION PROGRAM; PROFESSIONAL JOCKEYS; COLLEGIATE WRESTLERS; PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE; PSYCHOLOGICAL STATE; ENERGY RESTRICTION; FLUID BALANCE; Humans; Weight Loss; Consensus; Sports; Consensus; Humans; Sports; Weight Loss; 1106 Human Movement and Sports Sciences; Sport Sciences
Subjects: T Technology > TX Home economics > TX341 Nutrition. Foods and food supply
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2022 15:30
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 13:01
DOI or ID number: 10.1249/JSR.0000000000000831
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/17789
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