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National Wrestling Coaches Association Picks Balance Bar as its Official Energy Bar

October 1st, 2012 by Tom

 VALHALLA, N.Y. (Daniel Johnson, MSM Sports Media) "Balance Bar, one of America's original nutrition/energy bar leaders, has been selected as the Official Energy Bar of the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA), the non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and strengthening amateur wrestling. The collaboration reinforces the value of maintaining a balanced diet to optimize performance for wrestlers and for athletes in all other sports.

"The NWCA is thrilled to recognize Balance Bar as our 'official energy bar,'" said Rob Koll, NWCA president and head wrestling coach at Cornell University. "Wrestlers must adhere to a strict diet and Balance Bar is a perfect food for our athletes prior to or following their competitions."

"A partnership with Balance Bar is a natural fit for wrestling," said Mike Moyer, NWCA executive director. "Wrestling represents the gold standard in physical fitness and sport nutrition as evidenced by the fact that our wrestlers must undergo a body composition and hydration assessment as a condition to compete. That said, we are forever grateful that we can now provide our wrestlers with a product (Balance Bar) that represents the gold standard in the energy bar industry."

In addition to its "official nutrition bar" ranking, the Balance Bar Company will be primary sponsor of the NWCA Optimal Performance Calculator (OPC), a peer-reviewed, web-based weight management and sport nutrition program designed to assist wrestlers (and athletes in other sports) with optimizing performance.

The OPC is currently licensed for wrestling weight certification purposes by 38 state high school athletic associations and all-collegiate governing bodies including the National Collegiate Athletic Association, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, National Junior College Athletic Association and California Community Colleges, which collectively represent 220,000 student-wrestlers, 8,500 coaches, and 8,000 athletic trainers.

As a matter of background, the NWCA collaborated with renowned sport scientists in 1997 to develop a nationally-mandated weight management program designed to help wrestlers maximize their performance based on a pre-season body fat, hydration, and weight analysis. The raw data from these assessments was entered into the OPC so that an ideal competition weight and safe weight loss/gain plan could be established. In addition, the athletes were assigned daily nutrient goals (fats, carbohydrates, protein, calories) based on their weight loss/gain plan. Then they could access an integrated menu of food options to create a customized diet.

Over the years, the OPC functions much the same way. It has been modified to accommodate the unique weight management/nutrition needs of athletes in all sports and most recently updated for use in the physical education and adult diet/fitness communities. This represents the potential to reach tens of millions of athletes and active adults in the U.S.

Balance Bar, which is rooted in a winning 40/30/30 balanced nutritional model (40% of calories come from healthy carbohydrates, 30% from quality protein and 30% from dietary fat), will be posting content on the OPC to keep healthy weight management and nutrition top of mind. And Balance Bar also will be a primary sponsor of key NWCA events throughout its 2012/13 season starting with the NWCA All Star Classic (November 3, 2012; Washington DC), and the NWCA Multi-Divisional National Duals (January 11-12, 2013; Springfield, Illinois).

"Balance Bar is honored to be the NWCA's official energy bar and to help them spread the message that athletics and a healthy nutrition lifestyle are a winning combination," said Peter B. Wilson, Jr., Balance Bar's president and CEO. "We welcome millions of wrestlers, athletes and active folks to join us on our journey for balance."

Proposed New High School Wrestling Weight Classes

August 9th, 2009 by Tom

Proposed High School Wrestling Weight Classes

Rationale for wrestling weight class options from the NFHS Wrestling Rules Committee.

CURRENT:
-These current 14 weight classes have been in place since 1995.
-The 215-pound weight class was added in 2002.
-In 2006, the 275-pound weight class was increased to 285 pounds.
-These weight classes were developed from a survey that the NFHS Wrestling Rules Committee administered in, 1994-95.

OPTION A:
-The weights were created from looking at the hydrated body weight at the time of assessment of 195,000, wrestlers from the NWCA Optimal performance calculator.
-Each weight class was created to have approximately 7.14% of the wrestlers.
-Equal distribution of wrestlers in each weight class.
-Eliminates one of the first three weight class. Combines 103, 112 and 119 into two weight classes.

OPTION B:
-The weights were created from looking at the minimum wrestling weight (7% weight) at the time of assessment of, 195,000 wrestlers from the NWCA Optimal Performance Calculator.
-Each weight class was created to have approximately 7.14% of the wrestlers.
-Equal distribution of wrestlers in each weight class.
-Adds an 'additional' weight class at the top.
-Creates a weight class in the low 180-pound range.

OPTION C:
- The weights were based off using the hydrated body weight at the time of assessment of 195,000 wrestlers from, the NWCA Optimal performance calculator.
-Percentages of distribution was between 7-8%. The first three weights were distributed in the mid 6% range. This, ensured that you did not eliminate the 'small' wrestler not being represented.
-Data supports moving 103 to 107 would greatly increase the number of eligible wrestlers for the first weight class.
-Will decrease the large jump from 103-112-pounds.
-Changes the middle weight increments from 5-pounds to 6-pounds.
-Eliminates the large jump between 171-189-pounds. Makes that a 15-pound jump from 177-192-pounds.
-The prevalence of HS wrestlers (N=195,000) at each of these weight classes, there is an equal distribution (~7%), of wrestlers for each of the weight classes listed. In addition, when reviewing the national data on children from, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES published 1995), these weight classes are, consistent with the 5th - 95th percentile data on weight for adolescent males aged 15-19.