FILA Coaches Conference Report –Madrid, Spain
By: Steve Fraser
January 3, 2007
The FILA International Coaches Conference held in Madrid, Spain this past December
was very good. International wrestling experts, sports doctors and coaches discussed
many training and development issues. Also discussed was the analysis of the 2006
Greco-Roman World Championships. Techniques and tactics used by the world
champions were highlighted. The US squad was congratulated for very strong
improvement over the previous year (bronze medal team finish) and we were commended
for our intense, aggressive and well conditioned style of wrestling.
Networking among the many coaches in attendance was one of the huge benefits to the
conference. Many international training camps were planned and mutual educational
strategies were determined. Rules were discussed along with successful techniques,
tactics and strategies used by the winners.
All in all, the conference was a great opportunity to expand everyone’s knowledge in
how to advance our great sport.
The following article was written by Dr. Eckart D. Diezemann, M.D. who is a member of
the medical department of FILA. This article is the first of a series that I will report on.
Some of the issues covered will be:
*What should athletes do with respect to weight control and weight loss?
*What is appropriate nutrition for the sport?
*What is doping?
*What possible injury prophylaxis is available to the athlete?
*How can the athlete avoid other health problems?
*At what age can the athlete begin strength training?
In this issue we will focus on what wrestlers should do in respect to weight control. Dr.
Diezemann first gives a nice introduction to the origins or our great and historic sport.
Educative Program for Female or Male
A Draft at the Request of the FILA by
Dr. Eckart D. Diezemann, M.D.
Medical Department Member, FILA, ORB
Wrestling as a classical two-person sport is probably the oldest sport in the