Blood Flow Restricted Electrical Stimulations to Prevent or Attenuate Symptoms of Muscle Damage

Hannah E. Cintron, Jessica J. Heyburn, Robert L. Sterner, Scott J. Dankel

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Abstract

The objective of this study was to determine if performing electrical stimulations (E-STIM) under blood flow restriction (BFR) would result in a greater protective effect against symptoms of muscle damage. 18 individuals (9 females) completed a damaging bout of exercise followed by a low frequency E-STIM treatment protocol on both arms, one of which was completed under BFR. The treatment protocol was then repeated 24-hours post-exercise. There were main effects of time for muscle thickness (pre: 3.5 cm; 48 h post: 3.8 cm; BF10 = 88.476), discomfort (pre: 0.0 au; 48 h post: 4.2 au; BF10 = 241.996), and isometric strength (pre: 278 N; 48 h post: 232 N; BF10 = 10,289.894) which all changed as a result of the damaging exercise protocol, but there were no differences between conditions [all Bayes Factors (BF10) < 0.28]. The effectiveness of low frequency E-STIM for preventing the onset of exercise-induced muscle damage would not appear to be enhanced if performed under BFR.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-224
Number of pages12
JournalResearch in Sports Medicine
Volume32
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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