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BFR & ACL Rehab

Posted by Connor Fay on  March 14, 2020
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The Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the key ligaments within the knee joint. It connects the femur (thigh bone) to the tibia (shin bone), and it is responsible for maintaining stability in the knee with lateral movements and/or sudden changes in direction. ACL tears are often regarded as one of the more severe types of knee injuries due to their lengthy recovery time. An ACL reconstruction (ACL-R) surgery typically takes 6 to 9
In The BFR Pros workshop, we discuss how metabolite-induced fatigue and cellular swelling are most likely the primary mechanisms associated with why we see hypertrophy in low-load BFR exercise. However, there are other proposed mechanisms that have been mentioned in the literature that researchers have ascribed to BFR training itself. These other proposed mechanisms – increased hormone release (growth hormone, GH; Insulin-like growth factor-1, IGF-1), systemic/cross-transfer effects and satellite cell proliferation- can largely be explained
Centner et al. (2019) published what could be considered a landmark study that calls into question our current understanding of how tendons adapt to stress. This study supports the idea that blood flow restriction at low-load protocols could be used to increase the physical properties of the Achilles tendon similar to traditional high-load protocols. Let’s look at what this study entailed.. Centner et al. investigated the effects of low-load BFR (20-35% 1RM) on Achilles tendon

KNEE OSTEOARTHRITIS AND BFR

Posted by Nick Rolnick on  January 17, 2020
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Symptomatic knee osteoarthritis is a condition that nearly everyone reading this article can relate to – either on a personal or professional level. Functionally, knee osteoarthritis is characterized by a loss of knee range of motion, pain during exercise and decreased ability to perform activities of daily living such as walking, climbing up/down stairs and getting up out of a chair.  A lack of quadriceps strength has been linked to not only a risk factor

THE SCIENCE BEHIND BLOOD FLOW RESTRICTION, Part 3

Posted by Nick Rolnick on  January 17, 2020
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Many people wonder how blood flow restriction can be so effective at loads as light as 20-40% 1 RM in producing similar gains in muscle mass and (to a lesser extent) strength as heavier load (60-70+% 1RM) protocols. It all comes down to understanding three main concepts: the force-velocity (FV) curve, fatigue and the effect of fatigue on muscle activation patterns. As we introduce our blog to the fitness and rehab community, the BFR Pros
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