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How does it work:
Blood flow restriction/ occlusion training is a training method involving the use of cuffs or wraps placed around a limb during exercise, to maintain arterial inflow to the muscle while preventing/ reducing venous return.
The primary mechanisms by which Occlusion Training improves strength and hypertrophy include an increase in growth hormone concentration (Patterson, Leggate, Nimmo, & Ferguson, 2013; Takarada et al., 2000) and an accumulation of metabolites due to the anaerobic conditions created in the muscle (Loenneke, Fahs, Rossow, Abe, & Bemben, 2012). Alongside the hypoxic conditions created by Occlusion Training it also increases fast twitch fibre recruitment and motor unit firing rate due to the lack of available oxygen for the slow twitch fibres and the need to compensate for the deficit in force (Loenneke et al., 2010; Moritani et al., 1992).
The Occlusion Cuff Elite:
The Occlusion Cuff Elite consists of 2 inflatable cuffs and a gauge to allow individualised pressures to be achieved. After inflating the gauge can then be removed to allow more freedom of movement to perform exercises. The cuffs have been developed to enable them to be used on both the upper and lower limbs.
Blood Flow Occlusion for Injury Rehabilitation
One of the most optimal situations to use blood flow occlusion training is early stage rehab. This enable the athlete to work at levels of 20% of their 1RM and achieve similar gains to heavy resistance training (Madarame et al., 2008; Yamanaka, Farley, & Caputo, 2012) . Occlusion Cuff adaptions also occur at a relatively faster rate than traditional resistance training (Abe et al., 2005; Cook, Kilduff, & Beaven, 2014)
There is no evidence to suggest that Occlusion training poses any risks to healthy participants who. In fact the physiological responses to BFR training are very similar to those seen in regular physical activity.
Studies have shown benefits post such injuries as ACL Reconstruction, Knee Arthroscopy, osteochondral fracture as well as other lower limb injuries.
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