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Pain Modulation in Strength and Physique Sport Athletes

  Demand is coming-Are you ready? Nicholas M. Licameli, PT,DPT What do bodybuilders, powerlifters, Olympic weight lifters, strongmen/strongwomen, and crossfitters all have in common other than a love for the Iron Game?  They will all likely feel pain at some point.  In fact, it is hard to imagine an athlete going through a career and never experiencing some sort of pain.  After all, pain is a normal human sensation just like hunger or thirst.  One …

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Another BFR Success Story: Recovery from Distal Biceps Repair in a 35 Year-Old Weightlifter

  Demand is coming-Are you ready? Another BFR Success Story: Recovery From Distal Biceps Repair in a 35 Year-Old Weightlifter Nicholas M. Licameli, PT,DPT   This case study involves a 35-year-old male weightlifter and strength and conditioning (S&C) coach who underwent left distal biceps repair surgery following a traumatic full biceps tendon rupture.  The injury happened while spotting a client who was performing a push press exercise and the patient underwent surgery four days later.  …

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Another BFR Success Story: Patellar Tendinopathy

  Demand is coming-Are you ready? Another BFR Success Story: Patellar Tendinopathy Nicholas M. Licameli, PT,DPT     Patellar tendinopathy is a common condition experienced by young athletes who participate in sports that involve jumping and running.Oftentimes, these patients are not able to tolerate the loading necessary to treat this condition due to pain, so BFR may be a tool to achieve similar physiological effects as heavy load training while using lighter loads. In this …

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BFR & The Aerobic Athlete

  Demand is coming-Are you ready? BFR & The Aerobic Athlete Nicholas M. Licameli, PT,DPT       I know what you’re thinking… “But wait, not everyone wants to get jacked and strong.  Some of us have other goals, like distance running, rowing, and cycling!”  Point well-taken… Along with its potential benefits for resistance training, BFR has shown some promising results for aerobic training, as well.  Most commonly studied are walking and cycling, however there …

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Does Blood Flow Restriction Training Have a Place in Powerlifting Training?

We must remember these three principles of muscular adaptation: variability (stress must be alternated to achieve adaptation), progressive overload (stimulus must progress as adaptation occurs), and specificity (adaptations are specific to the training stimulus).  Specificity tends to be key for powerlifters, which means if the goal is to improve the 1-rep max of a competition squat, it is important that heavy competition squatting is included in training.  How then could something like light load BFR …

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