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  1. Stanzione, Joseph R. MS, RD
  2. Volpe, Stella Lucia PhD, RDN, ACSM-CEP, FACSM


Wrestling is a combat sport with weight-based categorizations. These athletes commonly attempt to reduce their body weight to qualify for lower-weight classes. Wrestlers often subject themselves to periods of low energy intake and high energy expenditure, exposing them to a prolonged energy deficit. Therefore, nutritional considerations for these athletes are complex. This review will enlighten sports professionals, and those working closely with wrestlers, about the nature of the sport. In addition, we offer some guidance for wrestlers to consider.