Wrestling Weight Certification Information
For the Wrestling
season the MSHSL will continue to use the same weight certification process as
was used last year, with one addition.
Consistent with last year the process will include the establishment of a minimum wrestling weight at 7% body weight using skinfold measurements or water displacement.
The addition this year requires
all student-athletes who are determined to be below 7% body fat at the time of
weight certification to verify they are properly hydrated.
These athletes will submit a sample of urine to the skinfold technician
who will then determine the hydration via a refractometer or a dip stick.
The urine specific gravity must be 1.025 or less.
The hydration test must be conducted by the certified skinfold
Questions and Answers
Who can conduct the hydration test?
A. The skinfold technician must conduct the hydration test.
When is the hydration test conducted?
A. The hydration test must be immediately conducted when the weight certification process determines the wrestler does not meet 7% body fat.
What supplies are needed to perform the hydration test?
A. A refractometer can be used to determine the specific gravity, or hydration test strips can be used. If the hydration test strips are used then a urine sample must be collected. For the collection a disposable cup can be used.
Q. When the wrestler is asked
to provide a urine sample should he be supervised?
A. It is recommended that the skinfold technician accompany the athlete to ensure the sample is authentic.