Sports Medicine Research: In the Lab & In the Field: New Position Statement: Minimizing the Health Risks to Athletes Who Compete in Weight-Sensitive Sports (Sports Med Res)
Thursday, October 10, 2013

New Position Statement: Minimizing the Health Risks to Athletes Who Compete in Weight-Sensitive Sports

How to minimise the health risks to athletes who compete in weight-sensitive sports review and position statement on behalf of the Ad Hoc Research Working Group on Body Composition, Health and Performance, under the auspices of the IOC Medical Commission

Sundgot-Borgen J, Meyer NL, Lohman TG, Ackland TR, Maughan RJ, Stewart AD, Muller W. Br J Sports Med 2013 47: 1012-1022.

The British Journal of Sports Medicine published a new position statement on behalf of the Ad Hoc Research Working Group on Body Composition, Health and Performance, under the auspices of the IOC Medical Commission. “The aim of this article is to review the current knowledge related to minimizing the risks associated with extreme weight control and EDs [eating disorders] in elite athletes.” The document offers a detailed review and the authors conclude “that there is a need for (1) sport-specific and gender-specific preventive programmes, (2) criteria for raising alarm and ‘does not start’ (DNS) for athletes with EDs and (3) modifications to the regulations in some sports.”


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