Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Kinesiology and Health Science
Dale Wagner (Committee Chair)
Context: The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) implemented a minimum weight certification program in 1997 to help protect wrestlers from dangerous weight loss practices. Despite nearly a quarter of a century of this program, there is no published research detailing the implementation of it.
Objective: Determine how the NCAA minimum weight certification is being implemented across Division I programs.
Design: Cross-sectional study
Patients or Other Participants: A total of 35 (45.5%) of 77 NCAA division I wrestling athletic trainers responded to the survey.
Main Outcome Measure(s): Survey data on how the NCAA minimum weight certification program was implemented at the division I level was collected.
Results: Nearly all respondents used athletic trainers to take their measurements. Most staff (74.3%) had five or more years of experience taking the measurements, and only one (2.9%) had less than a year of experience. The time prior to competition that the measurement was taken ranged widely from 2 to 110 days. Nearly all (97.1%) used skinfold calipers, and just one program (2.9%) specified a different method, iDXA scan. Of those using the skinfold calipers, 52.9% used Lange calipers and 32.4% did not know the caliper type. Everyone used the same three measurement locations. Body density was converted to %BF with the Brozek formula at 13% of the institutions, the Siri formula at 4.3% of programs, “other” (defined by respondents as the optimal performance calculator provided by the NWCA) at 13% of schools, and 69.6% did not know.
Conclusion: Overall, there appears to be great consistency in the administration of the minimal wrestling weight standards across NCAA Division I wrestling programs.
Konrath, Samuel, "Survey of NCAA Athletic Trainers’ Administration of the National Wrestling Coaches Association Weight Certification Program" (2021). All Graduate Plan B and other Reports. 1606.
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days prior to competition for measurement
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