Blood Flow Restriction Training Post ACL Reconstruction

Blood Flow Restriction Training Post ACL Reconstruction

Blood Flow Restriction Training Post ACL Reconstruction After ACL reconstruction, gaining back strength can take up to a year or more. It requires constant effort and training but for the first few months following surgery, only minimal loads and exercises are safe for patients to perform due to the ACL graft healing process and the large amount of muscle atrophy following surgery. Blood Flow Restriction training or BFR is a great tool to use in your rehabilitation program in order to get some huge strength benefits without requiring the patient to lift heavy loads. It is safe, easy, and has minimal stress to the knee joint, making it perfect to integrate into your ACL rehabilitation. BFR requires a blood flow restriction cuff. Many Physical Therapy clinics have a unit or you could purchase your own cuffs for at home use. I have been using the Occlusion Cuff and really like it. It is portable, easy to use, and gives the same amount of compression as the higher end units in Physical Therapy clinics. So what is Blood Flow Restriction training? BFR training uses a restriction cuff placed around the limb in order to prevent the venous return and maintain arterial inflow to that limb. Basically, the blood pools in your surgical leg allowing a greater stimulus for Type 2 muscle fibers.  It is putting the muscles into hypertrophy similar to if you were training at 70% of your 1RM but you only have to use low loads (20-30% of 1RM), allowing an increase in muscle activation, and an increase in protein synthesis (allowing for more muscle building capabilities). This...