The Systemic Effects of Blood Flow Restriction Training: A Systematic Review
Blood flow restriction (BFR) training has been reported to have significant benefits on local skeletal muscle including increasing local muscle mass, strength, and endurance while exercising with lower resistance. As a result, patients unable to perform traditional resistance training may benefit from this technique. However, it is unclear what effects BFR may have on other body systems, such as the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems. It is important to explore the systemic effects of BFR training to ensure it is safe for use in physical therapy.
The purpose of this study was to systematically review the systemic effects of blood flow restriction training when combined with exercise intervention.
Miller, B.C., Tirko, A.W., Shipe, J.M., Sumeriski, O.R., and Moran, K. (2021). The systemic effects of blood flow restriction training: A systematic review. International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, 16(4), 978-990. https://doi.org/10.26603/001c.25791