Blood flow restriction training
Blood Flow Restriction Training (BFRT) manipulates aspects of the circulatory system in combination with low intensity exercise. This causes an accumulation of endogenous metabolites, activating mechanisms of muscle growth and strength normally seen in high intensity weight training. It tricks the body into responding as if it has had a high intensity workout when it has only had a low intensity input.
It originated in the 1970's but despite it being used in many Olympic sports for over 20 years has only recently become more widely accessible.
It has been shown to be a safe procedure in the athletic, general, post-operative and even cardiac populations, if applied by a trained professional with the required medical knowledge.
I was fortunate enough to have a personal tutor with a PhD in BFRT throughout my university studies. This inspired me to study BFRT application for my dissertation. As such I am well placed to see its potential for both physiotherapy and athletic training.
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Examples of use:
Post operatively i.e. ACL reconstruction
Rehabilitation of soft tissue injuries
Ability to strength train anywhere (holiday, work trip, van life) – all you need are the bands
Reduce load in peak training phases (when injury risk is at its highest