Coach Roper talks about the the trap wrestlers, parents and coaches fall into by falling into the “normal” weight cutting practices of wrestling. He keeps the discussion more on the mental effects weight cutting causes, and how that stress can shorten wrestling careers. Once you start the weight cutting or weight management practices in wrestling its hard to get out of them. Weight is an advantage in wrestling. This advantage is the reason weight classes were created. So being large helps you win. Once you gain that advantage, its hard as a competitor to let it go. So you tend to have to repeat that cut. As anyone that has wrestled knows that cut is STRESSFUL. There is a certain amount of stress the human mind can handle before its starts associating the situation with the negative stress. Coach Roper feels that is why there are such negative emotions toward the sport at the end of athletes career. They have associate a sport that they once loved with the negative feelings that surround the stressful situation of weight cutting.
The key to success at a high level in wrestling is a long career. Weight management definitely has its place in our sport, but that place should be at the end of athletes career not the beginning. Weight management it a limiting factor in out sport. There is only a certain amount of time an athlete can be that disciplined and its definitely not when they are 12 years old. That time should be spent developing athletic coordination and wrestling skill. Don’t waste energy on weight cutting. Spend that time instead on getting better. This discussion hasn’t even taken into account the long term damage a limited calorie diet can do to a growing human body. There will be a blog in the future dealing that side of the coin.