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A 25-year-old member asked:

Am i at higher risk for injury in hockey with a low body fat percentage?

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Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 35 years experience
No u need Muscle mas: Athletes tend to be at low end of this scale due to their increased lean weight (muscle mass). While low levels of body fat seem to be related to improved performance, body composition alone is not a great predictor of sports success. A linebacker needs to have enough body mass (lean and fat weight) to generate high forces and avoid injury. Body fat among elite athletes vary largely so check up.
Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care 36 years experience
Low fat percentage: No. A low body fat percentage would not put you at risk necessarily.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

What causes a low body fat percentage in a week?

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Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Diet AND exercise: Make sure you exercise at least 90 minutes a day, don't skip meals, avoid soda, juice, dairy, alcohol and fried foods. Eat a healthy well balanced diet! also water, organic vegetable broth, green leafy vegetables, natural pickles, apples are great to fill you up so you dont feel hungry and they are very low in calories. Being overweight can increase ur risk of hypertension, diabetes, sleep apnea.
Last updated Oct 3, 2016

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