MMA fighter Conor McGregor has been sharing regular updates about his recovery since breaking his leg during his rematch against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264. In one of his most recent posts, McGregor revealed that he is back training on an exercise bike, less than 6 weeks after undergoing surgery to insert an intramedullary rod into his tibia.Read More Download PDF
Athletes love a good wellness trend. Anything that promises to boost performance or give the slightest edge to anyone competing at the highest level of their sport is going to find the ears of elite athletes and Olympians — even (or especially) if it looks like a torture device.Read More Download PDF
A newly popular and physically uncomfortable training technique being used by some competitors at the Olympics has experts torn on its benefits and risks.
Athletes at Tokyo 2020 — like Americans Kayla Miracle, a wrestler, and Michael Andrew, a swimmer — have been seen on social media and in the practice pool restricting blood flow to certain limbs with tourniquets.Read More Download PDF
Blood flow restriction training is a hot fitness trend at the Tokyo Games. While there’s evidence it may be effective, experts say the trend may not be ready for prime time for the home athlete just yet. Top athletes have repeatedly introduced the world to new training and recovery strategies — with the Olympics being one of the biggest platforms on which to do so. In 2016 in Rio, we learned about cupping. In 2012 in London, we learned about kinesio tape.Read More Download PDF
In addition to limiting blood flow in order to strengthen muscles and speed healing, some Olympians, athletes, and surgery and physical therapy patients have restricted their blood flow as method of strengthening muscles and speeding recovery.
Blood flow restriction training may sound like some kind of kinky bedroom activity. (Hey, I’m a fitness and sex writer. My mind goes there.) But this on-the-rise lifting technique, sometimes called occlusion training or abbreviated as BFR, is actually a G-rated method that athletes use to get stronger muscles, faster—without using ultra-heavy weights.Read More
Did you know that under a certified skilled provider, blood flow restriction therapy (BFR) is easy to use, hard to misuse, safe and BetterFor Results compared to current standards of care? A previous blog post discussed some of the amazing benefits of incorporating blood flow restriction therapy into a rehabilitation program.Read More