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Hi, I‘m Chris Gaviglio creator of the Sports Rehab Tourniquet. BFR Radio is a podcast dedicated to discuss all things relating to Blood Flow Restriction, occlusion cuff, ischemic and KAATSU training. It also reaches out to users of BFR to see what they are doing in the training field. For more info visit https://www.thebfr.co

BFR Radio Chris Gaviglio

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 9 Ratings

Hi, I‘m Chris Gaviglio creator of the Sports Rehab Tourniquet. BFR Radio is a podcast dedicated to discuss all things relating to Blood Flow Restriction, occlusion cuff, ischemic and KAATSU training. It also reaches out to users of BFR to see what they are doing in the training field. For more info visit https://www.thebfr.co

    Enhancing ACL Recovery with Blood Flow Restriction Training

    Enhancing ACL Recovery with Blood Flow Restriction Training

    Enhancing ACL Rehab with BFR Training: Insights and Applications
    In this episode of BFR Radio, the focus is on utilising Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) training in the early stage of ACL rehabilitation. Dr. Gaviglio reviews a recent article from the ASPETAR Sports Medicine Journal,
    This article highlights the multitude of ways that you can incorporate BFR for rehabilitation strategies post-surgery, and discusses how BFR training can mitigate muscle atrophy, aid in muscle hypertrophy, and improve recovery due to its low-load nature and ability to selectively activate muscle fibers.
    The episode also discusses the safety and effectiveness of BFR in clinical settings, its potential in preserving bone mass, reducing pain, and improving function post ACL reconstruction. We also outline practical guidelines for implementing BFR in the rehabilitation process and highlights the potential of BFR as a performance enhancement tool beyond ACL rehab. 
    00:00 Welcome to BFR Radio: Unveiling the Power of Blood Flow Restriction Training
    01:09 Diving Deep into BFR's Role in ACL Rehabilitation
    02:21 Understanding ACL Injuries and the Shift in Rehabilitation Approaches
    06:07 The Science Behind BFR: Enhancing Muscle Recovery and Strength
    11:34 Practical Application of BFR in ACL Rehab: From Theory to Practice
    24:32 The Future of BFR in Sports Rehabilitation and Beyond
    27:16 Closing Thoughts and How to Get Started with BFR

    • 28 min
    BFR for Hamstrings - Maximising Healing & Recovery

    BFR for Hamstrings - Maximising Healing & Recovery

    In this episode of BFR Radio, we delve into the use of Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) training as an effective method for accelerating hamstring recovery in athletes. Chris details a real-world case where BFR training helped a decathlete recover from a grade-two hamstring tear in time to compete in the Tokyo Olympics. He explains the science behind BFR, highlighting the role of immune cells, cytokines, especially interleukin 6, and myoblast cells in muscle repair. He also shares a practical guide on using BFR cuffs to increase stress on the body and stimulate these molecules and signaling pathways. In addition, he provides actionable advice on maintaining fitness levels and targeting specific strength areas at different stages of recovery.
    00:00 Introduction to BFR Radio and the Host
    00:35 Introduction to the 'Questions in Cars' Segment
    00:54 Case Study: Incorporating BFR in Hamstring Injury Rehabilitation
    02:44 Understanding the Mechanisms of BFR
    06:06 Practical Application of BFR in Injury Rehabilitation
    06:51 Specific BFR Exercises for Hamstring Injury
    09:28 Advanced BFR Techniques for Hamstring Rehabilitation
    12:51 Maintaining Fitness and Strength During Rehabilitation
    15:13 End Stage Rehabilitation and Preventing Future Injuries

    • 24 min
    Improve Brain Function with BFR Walking

    Improve Brain Function with BFR Walking

    Title: Blood Flow Restriction Training and Cognitive Function: Exploring the Benefits
    Introduction:Welcome to BFR Radio, a podcast dedicated to all things blood flow restriction training. In this episode, we delve into the fascinating topic of how BFR training can help improve cognitive function. We'll explore recent studies, their findings, and the potential benefits of incorporating BFR into your exercise routine. So let's jump right in!
    The Importance of Exercise and Cognitive Function:Exercise is known to have numerous benefits for both the body and the mind. When it comes to cognitive function, research has shown that regular exercise can enhance memory, attention, and overall brain health. However, not all exercise is created equal. Different types of exercise and various intensities can have varying effects on cognitive function.
    Previous Episode Highlights:In our previous episodes, we discussed the importance of exercise in general and its impact on cognitive function. We touched on key terms and markers associated with improved brain function. We also explored how BFR resistance training, in combination with traditional resistance training, can potentially enhance cognitive function by activating hormonal and molecular pathways in the body.
    A Study on BFR Walking and Cognitive Function:In this episode, we review a study that specifically investigated the effects of BFR walking on cognitive function. The researchers aimed to understand how low-intensity exercise, combined with blood flow restriction, could potentially improve brain function.
    Understanding the Mechanism Behind BFR:The study explores the role of lactate in brain function. Aerobic exercise, especially with BFR, increases blood lactate levels, which could potentially improve cerebral lactate metabolism and support executive brain function. Furthermore, the combination of BFR exercise also increases arousal levels, which is linked to improved executive function.
    Implications for Exercise Programs:Traditionally, high-intensity and longer duration exercises have been associated with significant improvements in cognitive function. However, BFR walking, even at low intensity, has been shown to have similar effects on executive function as other aerobic and resistance exercises that are more intense and longer in duration. This makes BFR walking an appealing option, particularly for older individuals and those with chronic illnesses who may struggle with high-intensity exercises.
    Conclusion:The study reviewed in this episode provides valuable insights into the potential benefits of blood flow restriction training on cognitive function. By incorporating BFR cuffs into low-intensity walking, individuals can experience improvements in inhibitory control and reaction time, which are important components of executive function. These findings highlight the applicability of BFR in enhancing cognitive function and make it a promising area for further research.
     If you have any burning questions about blood flow restriction training, feel free to send them our way, and we'll provide thorough answers in our "Questions in Cars" segment. Visit our website, www.thebfr.co, for more information and to purchase your own BFR cuffs.
    Remember, exercise is not just beneficial for physical health but also for keeping your brain sharp. So keep the pump and prioritize your cognitive function through BFR training!

    • 23 min
    ASCA S&C Conference - Common (BFR) Questions and Reflections

    ASCA S&C Conference - Common (BFR) Questions and Reflections

    In this BFR Radio episode, I reflect on the recent Australian Strength and Conditioning Conference (ASCA) where TheBFR.co had an exhibition stand. I had lots of great discussions on BFR training and I can definitely tell the awareness is definitely increasing.
    This episode is my reflections on the conference (BFR related of course) and I go through the common questions I got asked. In particular I talk about how to calculate the  pressure for BFR training, how BFR works with respect to mechanical stress and metabolic stress, and the benefits of using BFR in practical training scenarios - including improve bone reformation and decreasing joint and tendon pain.
    I also talk abut the shift in thinking about BFR, progressing from a rehab focus to considering its potential benefits for athletic performance improvement. 
    For this episode I am actually recording in my car on the drive to work. I have a few of these episodes lined up as I answer questions I get from time to time. Let me know if you like this format. And if you do have a question, let me know and I'll answer it for you.
    Enjoy this episode.
    00:00 Introduction 
    02:53 Reflections on the ASCA Conference
    07:53 Understanding BFR and its Application
    17:14 BFR for Athletic Performance Enhancement
    22:16 BFR for Pain Reduction and Joint Health
    32:08 BFR in Pre and Post Operative Care
    34:07 Conclusion and Contact Information

    • 34 min
    Strengthening the Brain with BFR Strength Training

    Strengthening the Brain with BFR Strength Training

    Enhancing Cognitive Function with Blood Flow Restriction Training: Unveiling the Neurological Benefits
    Welcome to the second episode in this series where we look at the positive effects of BFR training and its remarkable impact on cognitive functions. In this installment, we continue our exploration of the intricate relationship between BFR resistance exercise and its potential to significantly enhance brain health and performance.
    To do this, we will review the paper:
    Strengthening the brain—is resistance training with blood flow restriction an effective strategy for cognitive improvement?.
    Törpel, A., Herold, F., Hamacher, D., Müller, N. G., & Schega, L. (2018).  Journal of clinical medicine, 7(10), 337.
    This is a hypothesis paper looking at how the known key growth factors and hormones associated with BFR can positively influence cognitive performance, and overall brain well-being. I’ll guide you the whole way through this article explaining everything to help you understand.
    We will also provide practical insights and recommendations on designing an effective BFR resistance training program, discussing variables like cuff width, pressure calculations, and optimal exercise selections to ensure safety, comfort, and maximum efficacy.
    Whether you are a fitness enthusiast, a health professional, or simply curious about innovative ways to enhance cognitive function, this episode is packed with valuable information, backed by scientific research, to guide you through the fascinating world of BFR training.
    So, buckle up as we embark on this exciting journey, bridging the gap between physical exercise and cognitive enhancement, and discover how you can leverage the power of BFR training to boost brain health and function. 
    Don't forget to check back for our answer to the "What Would You Do?" segment.
    Enjoy the episode, and remember to keep the pump!

    • 32 min
    Exercise and Improved Brain Function

    Exercise and Improved Brain Function

    Hi and welcome to this episode of BFR Radio. 
    To kickstart this and the next few episodes, we are going to venture beyond the well-trodden paths of muscle strength and hypertrophy to explore the lesser-known benefits of Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) on cognitive function. In the upcoming episodes, we look at  the research that unveils the promising role of BFR in enhancing cognitive abilities, a topic of immense significance, especially for the aging population grappling with cognitive issues.
    In our kickstart episode, we dissect the seminal paper "Exercise and Cognitive Function" by Paul Loprinzi, published in the Journal of Clinical Medicine. This review lays the foundational knowledge for our series and looks at how exercise meets cognition. 
    To understand the mechanisms as to how BFR training can help with cognitive function, there are a few key markers that illustrate how this works. Some of these markers include proteins like BDNF that play a pivotal role in fostering neuron growth and enhancing cognitive abilities and SNPs and their influence on cognitive function.
    Although this primarily covers foundational knowledge, the last study we cover is a BFR training study and highlights at the enhanced effectiveness of resistance training with BFR on cognitive performance. 
    Another concept, I’m keen to explore is a segment called, “What would you do.” For select episodes I’ll pose a scenario-based question. Let me know what you think of this one. 
    Scenario: You're a college student who has a big exam coming up. You've been studying for weeks, but you're feeling a bit nervous about how well you'll do on the exam. You've heard that exercise can help improve cognitive function, but you're not sure what type of exercise or how long you should exercise for.
    What would you do?
    As promised, here is the answer: First of all, it's important to remember that exercise can have a positive impact on cognitive function. Studies have shown that even a short bout of exercise, like a 20-minute brisk walk, can improve executive function. So, if you're feeling nervous about your exam, taking a break to go for a walk or do some other type of exercise could be a good idea. In terms of what type of exercise to do, it's important to choose something that you enjoy and that gets your heart rate up. Running, cycling, or playing a sport are all good options. And if you're short on time, even a quick 10-minute workout can be beneficial. So, to answer the question, if you're feeling nervous about an upcoming exam, taking a break to do some exercise could be a good idea. Choose an activity that you enjoy and that gets your heart rate up, and even a short bout of exercise can help improve your cognitive function.
    Hope you enjoy this episode. 
    Article Resource: McMorris, T., Tomporowski, P., & Audiffren, M. (Eds.). (2009). Exercise and cognitive function. John Wiley & Sons.

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

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Matt Rayner Ex Phys ,

Great insight!

Great practical information highlighting many of the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal benefits of incorporating BFR training.

Flyer337 ,

The best source of unbiased science based information about BFR

I got interested in BFR while recovering from a shoulder reconstruction. My phisio said that Chris was a leading authority and also sold a very good product. There are an ever increasing number of BFR systems. I found it confusing in some cases. After a lot of research, I decided to go with Chris's cuffs. His website, YouTube channel, and podcasts provide a wealth of information about the emerging science and practice.
I really like how he exams the latest research and then breaks it down into language the average person can understand. He cuts through the technical language, exams the context of the research, and then discusses the applicability to the wide range of people that could benefit from BFR. This is a relatively new field, and it is important to seek current unbiased information. This is by far the best podcast in the area of BFR

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