In the early phases following surgery of the lower limb, patients experience a loss of skeletal muscle and strength which if untreated can have a negative impact on return to normal function. To date, the techniques used in the rehabilitation process may not fully maximise the potential adaptations a patient may achieve due to the levels of loading that can be achieved in the early postoperative phase. Blood flow restriction training (BFRT) is a therapy that can be used both passively and in combination with exercise (utilizing low loads), to attenuate atrophy or stimulate skeletal muscle hypertrophy and strength adaptations. This chapter outlines a progressive model for rehabilitation following surgery and sets out a step-by-step process of how to integrate BFRT to attenuate muscle atrophy and maximise recovery postoperatively.
|Title of host publication||Return to Sport after ACL Reconstruction and Other Knee Operations|
|Subtitle of host publication||Limiting the Risk of Reinjury and Maximizing Athletic Performance|
|Number of pages||14|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2019|