• Vascular occlusion (blood flow restricted training)
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    Vascular occlusion (blood flow restricted training)

    Vascular occlusion or blood flow restricted training (BFR) is an exciting and emerging technique within the fitness and rehabilitation communities. Kaatsu training Known as Kaatsu training (for its founder Dr. Yoshiaki Sato) the technique is performed using a cuff (Kaatsu Master Device) which is inflated to about diastolic pressure (Fleck & Kraemer, 2014) with the purpose of preserving arterial inflow while occluding venous return during exercise (Beardsley, 2016; Fleck & Kraemer, 2014). However, in the gym, wraps, elastic bands, bands with numbers to provide an objective measure on compression, Velcro or quick-release cam buckles are used. Blood flow restriction training in practice For clarity purposes, if not using the Kaatsu…