The acute muscular response to blood flow-restricted exercise with very low relative pressure

Matthew B Jessee, Kevin T Mattocks, Samuel L Buckner, J Grant Mouser, Brittany R Counts, Scott J Dankel, Gilberto C Laurentino, Jeremy P Loenneke

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Abstract

To investigate the acute responses to blood flow-restricted (BFR) exercise across low, moderate and high relative pressures. Muscle thickness, maximal voluntary contraction (MVC) and electromyography (EMG) amplitude were assessed following exercise with six different BFR pressures: 0%, 10%, 20%, 30%, 50% and 90% of arterial occlusion pressure (AOP). There were differences between each time point within each condition for muscle thickness, which increased postexercise [+0·47 (0·40, 0·54) cm] and then trended towards baseline. For MVC, higher pressures resulted in greater decrements than lower pressures [e.g. 10% AOP: -20·7 (-15·5, -25·8) Nm versus 90% AOP: -24 (-19·1, -28·9) Nm] postexercise. EMG amplitude increased from the first three repetitions to the last three repetitions within each set. When using a common BFR protocol with 30% 1RM, applying BFR does not seem to augment acute responses over that of exercise alone when exercise is taken to failure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)304-311
Number of pages8
JournalClinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
Volume38
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2018

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