12 May 2020

Aspetar recently released Volume 9 of their Sports Medicine Journal. This volume is open access and covers everything from assessment through reconditioning after ACL reconstruction. Johnny Owens, Stephen Patterson, and Luke Hughes were featured to address the use of BFR training in early stage rehab from ACLR and how that might impact return to play.

Here are some highlights from the article:

“The low-load nature of BFR training and ability to create muscle hypertrophy and subsequent strength gains make it a powerful clinical rehabilitation tool; an alternative to heavy-load resistance training in populations that require muscle hypertrophy and strengths gains but in which heavy-loading of the musculoskeletal system is contraindicated.”

“Cumulatively, studies indicate that BFR training performed at a much lower exercise intensity improves physical function, pain and swelling to a greater extent than traditional resistance training, without any detrimental effect on muscle hypertrophy and strength adaptations.”

“By using BFR earlier in the rehabilitation to offset atrophy and strength loss (phase 1) and improve strength and hypertrophy (phase 2), practitioners can spend more time focussing on neuromuscular control, functional strength, rate of force development, and psychological readiness which are necessary for a successful return to competition and reducing the risk of re- injury.”

Get access to the full Journal edition at the Aspetar site:

Additional Featured Topics:

Is it time to change how we assess functional performance following ACL reconstruction?

Inter-limb asymmetry during rehabilitation

Assessing vertical jump force-time asymmetries in athletes with Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury

Single vs double leg countermovement jump tests

Taking a step back to reconsider change of direction and its application following ACL Injury

Applying the principles of motor learning to optimize rehabilitation and enhance performance after ACL injury

Neuroplastic Multimodal ACL rehabilitation

The future of ACL prevention and rehabilitation

Reconstructing Cognitive function following ACL injury

From control to chaos to competition