David Bates


This brief review article examines some of the beliefs and practices of amateur wrestlers at various levels of competition. Physicians should be aware of the rapid weight loss and weight cycling associated with the sport. These issues may become of increasing concern to pediatricians in the New York Metropolitan area, as programs such as Beat the Streets (http://www.beat-the-streets.org/index.html) increase the popularity of amateur wrestling in the region. Familiarity with the weight management practices of the sport will enable physicians to educate and monitor their patients who participate in wrestling.



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