The dietary intakes of Minnesota NCAA wrestlers varies within the competitive season
among weight classes for specific nutrient components [dairy servings per 1,000 kcal
higher in high weight wrestlers, lower intakes of CHO and % energy from CHO in low weight wrestlers, and higher intakes of alcohol in low-weight wrestlers]. There were no
differences in selected nutritional components during the off-season by weight-class and
overall, % energy from CHO decreased from the competitive season to the off-season.
Disordered eating behaviors/attitudes still exist during the competitive season and midweight
wrestlers exhibited higher EAT-26 scores as compared to high-weight wrestlers.
Previous year varsity wrestlers also exhibited higher EAT-26 scores during the wrestling
season as compared to previous year non-varsity wrestlers. There is still a high
prevalence of athletes reporting prohibited weight-loss behavior as compared to previous
research. Logistic regression demonstrated a possible relationship between increased
EAT-26 scores and age, years on current team, varsity status, gradual dieting, restricting
fluids and increased exercise. There was a significant decrease in EAT-26 scores from
the competitive wrestling season to the off-season. Further NCAA rules regulation and
research needs to be instituted to continually ensure the safety of these athletes.