weight-loss injury

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An injury associated with rapid weight loss that causes dehydration and potential cardiovascular problems. Rapid weight loss injuries have been identified as a particular risk to those involved in sports such as horse-racing, wrestling, and boxing, which have strict body-weight requirements. To minimize the risk, some sport governing bodies limit the amount of weight that participants are allowed to lose per week (e.g. to 1.5% body weight), and ban the use of laxatives, diuretics, and other rapid weight loss techniques.

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.

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