General Health Factors to Consider
It is valuable for your healthcare team (Doctors, dietitian, specialist, trainer/coach) to review regular blood tests to ensure that bodily functions are as normal. For example, evaluating iron status is important and is usually checked every 6 months.
Female athletes should seek medical review if menstrual cycle becomes irregular or ceases as this can affect your long-term health.
Bone mineral density may also be recommended to ensure nutrients intake is adequate as low bone mineral density is associated with higher risk of fractures. This can be done through DEXA scanning. At Coast Sport we use DEXA scanning at Coast Medical Imaging.
Final Athlete Tips
Train close to (within ~2kg) of your competition weight
Avoid excessive weight gain in the off-season or when injured
Avoid weighing or measuring yourself too often – it can take weeks to see true changes
Your training program may need alterations if lean muscle mass gain is an issue for making weight
Protect bones including dairy products or calcium rich/fortified foods in your diet daily
Avoid dehydration to ‘make weight’ as this can negatively impact performance and health, this also includes the use of diuretics, laxatives or vomiting which are not advised.
Making weight is a complex requires individualised protocols to ensure that nutrient requirements are met for training and overall health. Seeing a Sports Dietitian is the best way to achieve this. To find out more about our dietetic service contact Coast Sport today or book online via the button below.