Cutting weight for an upcoming fight is standard practice for elite combat sport athletes. Those who compete in competitions such as the UFC have been known to drop up to 5% body weight before a fight! There has been research to suggest that dehydration impacts aerobic & anaerobic performance however there has been little research done investigating the effect of rehydration upon repeat performance.
Today we meet Oliver Barley, a PhD candidate at Edith Cowan University (ECU) in the fields of exercise physiology and neuromuscular physiology. Oliver is currently investigating the impact of cutting weight through dehydration & then rehydration upon repeat performance in elite combat sport athletes. We discuss topics such as martial arts, the nocebo effect & statistics in health based research. We hope to follow up with Oliver next year to find out how he is progressing.
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