Weight loss practices of college wrestlers.

@article{Oppliger2003WeightLP,
  title={Weight loss practices of college wrestlers.},
  author={Robert A. Oppliger and Suzanne Nelson Steen and James R. Scott},
  journal={International journal of sport nutrition and exercise metabolism},
  year={2003},
  volume={13 1},
  pages={
          29-46
        }
}
PURPOSE The purpose of this investigation was to examine the weight management (WM) behaviors of collegiate wrestlers after the implementation of the NCAA's new weight control rules. METHODS In the fall of 1999, a survey was distributed to 47 college wrestling teams stratified by collegiate division (i.e., I, II, III) and competitive quality. Forty-three teams returned surveys for a total of 741 responses. Comparisons were made using the collegiate division, weight class, and the wrestler's… 
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