Blood Flow Restriction Therapy: From Development to Applications

Ashley B Anderson, Johnny G Owens, Stephen D Patterson, Jonathan F Dickens, Lance E LeClere
Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Review 2019, 27 (3): 119-123
Blood flow restriction (BFR) has been shown to produce beneficial adaptations to skeletal muscle. These adaptations have been documented in the civilian and military populations. BFR therapy may provide patients a safe method to begin strength training at earlier stages of rehabilitation to allow for earlier and more effective return to activity and improved military readiness. The purpose was to review BFR therapy physiology, complications, side effects, standardized treatment algorithms, and long-term patient outcomes.


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