This month’s AISTS Sport Medicine Podcast discusses the well-known practice of weight cutting in combat sports. Which techniques are used? Is it safe to do it?

Weight cutting is a very common practice in contact sports such as Taekwondo, Judo, Wrestling, Boxing and MMA. It is the practice of rapidly losing weight to fit in a certain weight category before a fight, and it is often achieved through extreme and very rapid dehydration techniques. Fighters can lose up to between 9 and 11 kg of body weight in the weeks leading up to a fight. What does science have to say about this? Is there a safe way to do it? What does the research show? Dimitrios Balomenos and Arthur Vignier from the 2018 Class have an interesting argument about this in this months’ AISTS podcast. Listen and join the conversation in the comments.

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