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Making weight...safely

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(KPLC)  Wrestling is one of the most weight-specific sports there is, pushing many athletes to extreme measures to fall under a certain weight class. Wrestlers have died because of this - dehydrated and weak. Now a Louisiana sports medicine program is working to prevent the roller coaster weigh-ins of wrestling in area schools.

Until recently Sulphur Springs High School wrestling coach Jean Paul Duhon says a dangerous weight dropping technique called "cutting" was used by many athletes to get a lower weight class edge.

"They've cut 10 or 15 pounds in two or three days," he said, "they'll run, they'll sit in a sauna, they'll ride a bike in a sauna...they'll do whatever it takes."

Those rules have now changed to keep athletes healthy through the "Safe Weight Program," a partnership between the Southern Regional Olympic Training Center, Lake Charles Memorial Sports Medicine and area schools with wrestling programs. 

"We put in their height and the lowest a male's body fat percentage can be is .07 or seven percent and it gives them a lowest desired weight class and it gives them a weight plan they have to follow," says LCMH Sports Medicine Director Jamey Rasberry.

Read more at KPLC.

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