A Major Problem in Wrestling

Rapid loss of fluid (ie, dehydration, also known as “cutting weight”) is potentially life threatening and has been a particular problem in the sport of wrestling.


NFHS Wrestling Weight Management Program

In 1995, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) began a weight control program to minimize the weight loss fluctuations seen in many scholastic wrestlers and to certify an appropriate and healthy weight class for each wrestler. In1998, the NFHS disallowed any means of achieving rapid weight loss.


The current program for weight certification in high school wrestling varies from state to state, but several fundamentals are applicable nationwide:

  • Body composition (while appropriately hydrated) is obtained by an appropriately trained school or health professional before the beginning of the competitive season and is the foundation for calculating weight class and allowed rates of weight loss.
  • Weight class needs to accommodate a minimum of 7% body fat for high school males and 12% body fat for high school females.
  • Rate of weight loss may not exceed 1.5% of body weight/week.

Sports Skills That You Need To Know

Sports skills are acquired in a very progressive sequence. Not every child will acquire every skill equally or at the same rate, but most youth acquire them in the same order. So give yourself and your kid a break, just like when she was learning to walk. Pour some tea and learn what exciting things are happening a mile a minute in that cute little bundle of energy you call your child.

During the first 2 years of life, many responses from your child are primarily reflex actions. Touch her cheek and she turns to find food. Touch the ball of the foot and the toes curl over. Touch his hand and his fingers grasp. Proud, beaming fathers of their firstborn son already dream of a football star. Stop there. Do not put sand in rattles to make baby dumbbells. Do not install a basketball hoop on the side of the crib. Scientific research tells us that those futile attempts will not work no matter how much you want a head start on Johnny’s 3-point shot. Natural curiosity and interaction with the environment will stimulate the growth of motor activity.

Close your eyes and think real hard—where does everything go that a baby touches? In its mouth! So be real. Little baby footballs, baseball gloves, and running shoes may be cute and color coordinated, but their effectiveness as sports equipment is lost when they become just another baby chew toy. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness does not recommend infant exercise programs as beneficial for development or helpful for future performance. Supervised, unstructured, and explorative activities in a safe environment are the way to go.

Once children are a few years old, however, hints of sports skill development start to take shape, and the preparation process for sports readiness begins. To be acquired successfully, sports skills involve a complex interaction between movement, sight, and thought. None of these by themselves are completely helpful without the others.

Motor skills (movement) require the right visual processing to allow the correct movement response. These skills also require appropriate brain processing and thought patterns so the response will be meaningful and effective.

Fitness Dially

Some school-aged children can’t wait to get home from school, stake out a place on the couch, and spend the rest of the afternoon and evening watching TV. Physical activity is just not on their radar screens, at least not by choice.

Stopping the Slippery Slope of Childhood Obesity:

Not surprisingly, children who fit this profile may be on a slippery slope to a life of obesity. There are a lot of them. Several years ago, when a group of children 6 to 12 years old participated in programs of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness, only 50% of girls and 64% of boys could walk or run a mile in less than 10 minutes. If that same study were conducted today, when the obesity epidemic seems to be gaining momentum, those statistics might be even more troubling.

Making Exercise Into a Lifelong Habit:

During your child’s school-age years, your goal should be not only to get your child moving, but to turn exercise into a lifelong habit. There are plenty of opportunities for your child to keep active.

Getting Involved in Organized Sports:

In most communities, children in this age group can choose to get involved in a number of organized sports, including:

  • Little League
  • Youth soccer
  • A martial arts class
  • Community basketball
  • Hockey
  • Football leagues

Team sports are fun and the perfect fit for many children, and they can help them manage their weight.

But, Sports Aren’t For Everyone…

However, group activities like these aren’t for everyone. Some obese children feel self-conscious about participating in team sports and are much more comfortable getting their exercise in unstructured settings. For them, free play on the playground, ice skating, in-line skating, bowling, or even running through sprinklers is good exercise.

Let your child choose something that he finds enjoyable, and once he discovers it, encourage him to make it a regular part of life. At the same time, limit TV watching or time spent on the computer or playing video games to no more than 1 to 2 hours a day. Studies have shown that the more time children devote to watching TV, the more likely they are to consume foods like pizza, salty snacks, and soda that contribute to weight gain.

If Your Child Insists He Doesn’t Want to Do Any Physical Activity:

Explain that it’s important and might even be fun to find a new activity. Try to find activities that fit the family’s budget and time commitments and have him choose among several alternatives.

Sam Allardyce Offers Advice to Gareth Southgate

When Sam Allardyce left his position as England manager after just 67 days and one game in charge, Gareth Southgate soon became the favourite to take over the coveted role. With the England team deep in preparations to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Allardyce has offered his advice to the current England team manager.

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Southgate’s Appointment

After being named as the England manager in July 2016, fans were shocked when Allardyce left the position under mutual agreement with the F.A. Allegations came to light of him offering tips on how to bypass certain rules regarding player transfers, leaving no way for him to continue as England manager. Gareth Southgate, who was the England Under-21s manager at the time, was offered the position and grabbed the role with both hands.

Mental Challenge

Although busy with the senior team, praise has been given to Southgate due to his continuing involvement with the Under-21 team but with the World Cup creeping up on him, Allardyce believes that Southgate needs to prepare his team for the massive amount of pressure involved. Whilst individual players perform exceptionally well at club level, playing in tournaments often gets to them mentally, and so they need to learn how to cope and play just as well under pressure.

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Down Time

Whilst many fans might be looking at buying football kits such as those found here Kit King, Allardyce has encouraged Southgate to let his players take their kits off and enjoy some well needed down time. He believes that keeping players together can cause boredom, which in turn can lead to negativity, something that a team set on winning can’t have. If players are allowed to have their own time away from the team, it can help them remain positive about the whole experience.

Allardyce does mention the added pressure that is put on the team, including the manager, from the watching press. Years ago, players were encouraged to relax and have a few beers, whereas the mere suggestion of that nowadays would cause the home nation to call for the manager to be sacked. He advises Southgate to ignore the media and focus on giving his players the down time and mental preparation that they need to allow them to be the best players they can be in order to win.

What does it mean to play hockey for England?

Women’s England hockey is enjoying what may one day be described as a golden era. Read on as we explore what it means to play hockey for England during this most successful of times for the sport and especially what it feels like to play for England when the Pure Hockey Gold event is set to come to London for the first time next year.

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Pure Hockey Gold

Pure Hockey Gold is the name for the Women’s World Cup Hockey 2018. For the first year ever the event, which has been going for 13 years, will be hosted in the UK. The World Cup is the biggest event on the world hockey calendar, and for women, it has been dominated since the 1970s by the Netherlands and German teams.

Representing your Country

All sports women and men agree that competing for your country is a great honour. This is particularly true when the event is held in your home country and those who represented England at the 1966 World Cup and the 2012 Olympics will tend to agree.