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This Masterclass explores the use of a novel training modality, known as ‘blood flow restriction training’, as a tool for musculoskeletal rehabilitation. It provides an overview of blood flow restriction training, including the underpinning physiology, method of prescription and application, adaptations to training, and safety of this tool.
It guides the clinician through an evidence-based framework on how blood flow restriction training can be optimally programmed and applied through different phases of rehabilitation. Throughout this Masterclass, supporting research and case studies are provided and discussed.
What is blood flow restriction training?
This module will provide an introduction to blood flow restriction exercise, including the history of its development and method of prescription and application. It will also cover muscular adaptations to training, the underpinning physiology and explore how BFR fits as a rehabilitation tool with traditional exercise modes.
Early phase rehabilitation with blood flow restriction
This module will examine how blood flow restriction can be used to improve early phase rehabilitation strategies. It will cover how blood flow restriction can be applied in isolation and in conjunction with adjunct therapies to mitigate muscle atrophy and strength loss, reduce pain and facilitate recovery.
Post-injury ambulation with blood flow restriction
This module will examine how blood flow restriction can be used to augment the benefits of post-injury/operative ambulation. It will cover how blood flow restriction can be applied during low intensity aerobic exercise to achieve muscular, aerobic and bone adaptations, and explore optimal parameters of application and mechanisms.
Progressing resistance training with blood flow restriction
This module will examine how blood flow restriction can be used to maximise the effectiveness of resistance training when an individual is limited to low intensity resistance exercise. It will cover how high intensity resistance exercise can be integrated with low intensity blood flow restriction resistance exercise to augment adaptation while progressing back to high intensity exercise and return to play. It will also explore the mechanisms of adaptations and optimal programming parameters for resistance exercise with blood flow restriction.