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MENOMONIE — Amy Oldenburg, licensed athletic trainer at Mayo Clinic Health System – Red Cedar, has received her skinfold measuring certificate from Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA).
“In order for students to be eligible for competition, skinfold measurements must be taken by health care professionals who have successfully completed the WIAA Skinfold Measurement Workshop,” says Oldenburg. “I look forward to providing this service for free to local schools that participate in our sports medicine program.”
Skinfold testing is a tool used to assess one’s body fat percentage. In wrestling, the skin-fold measurement, along with the athlete’s initial weight at weigh-in, is used to determine a competitor’s weight class at the beginning of the wrestling season. The skin-fold measurement is used to determine the amount of weight a wrestler can gain or lose during the season in order to stay within healthy limits and reduce the possibility of illness, injury and even death.
Boyceville, Colfax, Elmwood, Glenwood City and Menomonie high schools participate in Mayo Clinic Health System – Red Cedar’s sports medicine program.