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Hyperthermia and Dehydration-Related Deaths Associated with Intentional Rapid Weight Loss in Three Collegiate Wrestlers -- North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Michigan, November-December 1997
November 7-December 9, 1997, three previously healthy
collegiate wrestlers in different states died while each was engaged in
a program of rapid weight loss to qualify for competition. In the hours
preceding the official weigh-in, all three wrestlers engaged in a similar
rapid weight-loss regimen that promoted dehydration through perspiration
and resulted in hyperthermia. The wrestlers restricted food and fluid
intake and attempted to maximize sweat losses by wearing vapor-impermeable
suits under cotton warm-up suits and exercising vigorously in hot environments.
This report summarizes the investigation of these three cases.
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