The Medical Edge For A Former No. 1 NFL Pick – Blood Flow Restriction

19 July 2015

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Four games, two starts and seven tackles. It was not the rookie year anybody dreamed of for Jadeveon Clowney.

Injuries slowed the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and eventually shut him down for the season. Last December, the Houston Texans outside linebacker underwent microfracture surgery on his right knee.

Typically, given the knee injury and subsequent surgery, a guy Clowney’s size would have lost about three centimeters of girth around his quadricep. That didn’t happen. Not even close. He lost between a 1/2 centimeter and 1 centimeter, said Dr. Walt Lowe, the head team physician for the Texans.

The reason has to do with one aspect of his rehab: blood flow restriction training.

Read the full Forbes article here to learn how NFL player, Jadeveon Clowney used blood flow restriction training to maintain strength.