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December 12, 1966

The Question Of Weight Management

JAMA. 1966;198(11):53. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110240025017

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Hard exercise is the only way an athlete can reduce his weight and remain in good physical condition.

There is no "gimmick" he can use to quickly shed excess poundage without impairing his ability and performance, Donald L. Cooper, MD, told the AMA's 8th National Conference on the Medical Aspects of Sports.

Dr. Cooper, physician for the Oklahoma State University wrestling team, said the question of weight management is particularly acute for wrestlers who compete in narrowly defined weight classes.

The practice of excessive weight reduction to qualify for a weight class below that to which the boy rightfully belongs is condemned by the AMA's Committee on the Medical Aspects of sports.

Total starvation for a few days before the match and dehydration on the day of the weigh-in are the methods usually used to obtain a quick weight reduction.

"The greatest abuse I know of in wrestling is to