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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 www.sportsrehab.com.au

BFR Radio Chris Gaviglio

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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 www.sportsrehab.com.au

    Using BFR in Futsal small sided games to improve game specific fitness

    Using BFR in Futsal small sided games to improve game specific fitness

     Welcome back to this episode of BFR radio.


    As I'm recording this episode, it actually coincides with the start of the 2020, or should I say 2021 Tokyo Olympic summer games. I'm actually currently sitting in my hotel room in Cairns far, north Queensland, helping out with the Australian track and field team in particular, I work with three athletes, one sprinter, female, 200 meter runner  Riley Day and also 2 decathletes, Ashley Moloney and Cedric Dubler.


    And there'll be competing very soon. So keeping an eye out for them.  With respect to these athletes, I mainly do their strength programs, but I'm also the shot put and discus coach for the two decathletes, it's actually been a really exciting few weeks seeing the athletes finalize their preparation.


    And as it's the Olympics, I thought it would be fitting that this mini series would look at how to use BFR in sporting movements  or for the benefit or performance of sporting outcomes. I thought that was fitted well with the theme of the Olympics, and it might give a sports coach and idea for their own athletes on how they can incorporate it for the benefit of sporting perform.


    Now, also remember that they are contra-indications for BFR use and this needs to be taken in the correct context. For example, if your athletes have a low training age, you need to firstly, ensure that they're covering the big rocks with respect to training and recovery, and you actually might have more benefit in getting the simple things correct before even contemplating doing blood flow restriction.


     Onto the article  and the one that I'm going to review today is called,


    Occlusion training during specific futsal training improves aspects of physiological and physical performance.
    Journal of sports science & medicine, 19(2), 374.


    Amani-Shalamzari, S., Sarikhani, A., Paton, C., Rajabi, H., Bayati, M., Nikolaidis, P. T., & Knechtle, B. (2020).  


     Although, futsal is not in the Olympics, soccer for my southern hemisphere friends, or  football for my European friends is. Therefore I thought that the concept in the training of, and the movements performed are quite similar.


    This is a great practical use of BFR in a sporting movement. Hope you enjoy it.


    Before you head off and listen to the podcast, a couple of favours from me to you.


    If you know of someone who would benefit from this episode, please share it.


    And also, if you're enjoying the podcast, please give it a rating on iTunes.


    If you're interested in purchasing your own set of BFR cuffs, I've got my own brand called the Sports Rehab Tourniquet And you can get this by visiting my website, which is www.sportsrehab.com.au.


    I could also help you with your training so contact me via my website or DM me through my socials, which is @chrisgaviglio Instagram and also Twitter. For video training ideas also check out my YouTube channel SportsRehabAus.


     


    Thanks for listening and remember to keep the pump. 

    • 25 min
    Using BFR to improve recovery & rehab from shoulder & ankle surgery - Your Questions Answered

    Using BFR to improve recovery & rehab from shoulder & ankle surgery - Your Questions Answered

    Welcome back to BFR radio. Thanks for joining in. Today's episode is Your Questions Answered and I've really been enjoying this so if you, have a burning question about BFR and how you're going to use it in your own setting or scenario get ahold of me and we'll set up a call on the internet and I'll be able to actually tailor this to exactly what you need and hopefully demystify everything about BFR and put a real practical spin on it.


    Before I get into today's episode, remember if you're looking for BFR cuffs, you can actually get it from my website, which is www.sportsrehab.com.au  and I have tons of content on my Instagram, which is @chrisgaviglio  and also on my YouTube channel, which is SportsRehabAus.  Today's episode is a gentleman called Declan Dinnen and he plays for the Bond University Premier rugby team based on the Gold Coast.


     Now, two things he's going on. One is his shoulder. He's had major surgery on his right shoulder and he's about three months post and he's having struggling a little bit with some range of movement.


    And the second thing is that he has got a Haglund's deformity. In his ankle on both legs and he is shortly going to go into surgery. As you will find out in my conversation with Declan, he really struggles to move and to do anything that's dynamic.


    Today's podcast is really practical and I cover a lot of information which I am sure you'll get a lot out of it. As I get to the end of the conversation, we then talk a little more so stayed tuned all of the way until the end. 


    Hope you enjoy this podcast. If you know of someone who will benefit from the episode please share it and if you enjoy it please give it a rating on iTunes.   


    Thanks for listening and remember to keep the pump.


     


    Chris


     

    • 36 min
    Wrestling training with BFR – how to improve physical & technical capacity of wrestlers

    Wrestling training with BFR – how to improve physical & technical capacity of wrestlers

    Hi everyone. And welcome back to this episode of BFR radio. Hope your own training is going well. Thank you for all of your questions about blood flow restriction. And if you do have any burning questions of your own, please DM me through my social channels, which is @chrisgaviglio or my website contact us page, which is www.sportsrehab.com.au.


    A reminder that I have an introduction to BFR presentation on the play education platform. That's P L AE. This is a fantastic initiative by PLAE. And the goal is actually to extend my one hour to my full BFR workshop on this online platform. So stay tuned for that. And I'll definitely let you know. There's also a lot of other fantastic presentations and courses on this platform so make sure you check it out. Click here: https://plaeacademy.com


     


    Today's episode is going to be the last episode in relation to this upper body short mini series in BFR. And recently I've been focusing on how BFR can be used effectively in different upper body scenarios. 


    In particular, we looked at the muscular benefits with low load BFR bench, press and practical bicep curls. The third episode highlighted the benefits of using BFR for wrist fractures and the fourth, and the penultimate episode showed that we can improve grip, strength and size using something very simple as hand squeezing type exercises.


    Hence, I thought it was a really great segue to today's episode, which is more of a practical sporting example, and really the title says it all:


    Effect of exercise program with blood flow restriction on upper limb vasculature and performance in wrestlers.
    Ghoraba, M., Ghazy, M., & El Tomey, M. (2017).


    IJSSA, 2, 298-327.


     


    In the study I mentioned a technique called a Gut Wrench. Here is the link to a good video explaining it if you're interested:


    Click here to see Gut Wrench technique video


    I really like this study with respect to the practical applications of BFR to a sport. There's actually a few other sports specific studies starting to appear in literature, which really highlights the positive application of BFR.


    In closing, if there's a topic of interest you'd like me to cover in this short mini series please let me know, as I'm really interested in knowing what interests you. Thanks again for listening.


    Hope you've enjoyed it.


    If you do know of someone who would benefit from this episode, please share it.


    And if you haven't got a set of your own BFR cuffs, please visit my website, which is www.sportsrehab.com.au, where you can purchase the Sports Rehab Tourniquet.


    I can also help you with your training. So please contact me via my website. or, DM me through my socials, which is @chrisgaviglio.


    Lastly, if you're enjoying the podcast, please give it a rating on iTunes. Thanks for listening and remember to keep the pump.

    • 19 min
    BFR Handgrip training - improve your grip strength & forearm size.

    BFR Handgrip training - improve your grip strength & forearm size.

    Welcome back to this episode of BFR Radio, hope you're doing well. Remember if you have any questions about BFR, please DM me through my social channels, which is @chrisgaviglio on Instagram or Twitter, or alternatively through my website, contact us, or actually it's just me page, which is sportsrehab.com.au. I've been actually receiving a few messages, so thanks for reaching out and I'll definitely be incorporating them into the podcast over the coming episodes. If you're looking for some good BFR learning opportunities, I've teamed up with PLAE who are known for  really top quality sports flooring.  They have an education arm as well and I've produced an introduction to BFR presentation.  This is an hour long presentation, which has some learning opportunities or learning questions along the way. So you can actually test your understanding of BFR and actual goal is to put my full BFR workshop on this online learning platform. So stay tuned for that.


    Click here for the PLAE website and access my course: https://plaeacademy.com


     


    There are lots of other great courses that are available to you from some of the top S&C coaches, all around the world so make sure you check them out.


    And also talking about just general BFR information, I also appear on another podcast with a fellow health specialist. Her name is Zora, and she actually goes by the Instagram handle @hackmyage. And overall she interviews lots of fantastic guests looking at ways to, I guess, Biohack their own health.  This can range from anything, from exercise to nutrition, to breathing, cold water immersion, and so forth.


    Click here to check out her website & other great information: Podcast with Zora


    So moving on to today's article we're going to look at hand grip strength. And in particular, it's called:


    Effects of handgrip training with venous restriction on brachial artery vasodilation
    Credeur, D. P., Hollis, B. C., & Welsch, M. A. (2010).


    Medicine and science in sports and exercise, 42(7), 1296.


    And this serves as a really good segue for my next episode, where it'll actually be the last in the mini series on BFR upper body. And it's actually going to look at how you can use BFR in upper body training to help athletes where improved grip or grappling ability is really important.


    And if you do know of someone who would benefit from this episode, please share it. I really do appreciate all your interactions.  And if you haven't got your own set of BFR cuffs, please visit my website, which is sportsrehab.com.au.


    And I can also help you with your own training so once again, contact me through my website or my socials.  


    If you enjoy the podcast, I'd appreciate if you give it a rating, on iTunes.


    Thanks for listening, see at the next episode. And remember to keep the pump.

    • 22 min
    Using BFR to rehab from a foot (navicular) fracture - Your Questions Answered.

    Using BFR to rehab from a foot (navicular) fracture - Your Questions Answered.

    Thanks again for joining me on this month's episode and the last three episodes we've delved into the upper body BFR mini series. In particular, we looked at article reviews with respect to muscular benefits of BFR Bench Press, and bicep curls.


    And the last episode we looked at how it could be used to improve recovery from a hand fracture or more so improving pain and function with the addition of BFR to a normal rehab program for a hand fracture. 


    And for today's episode, like they say, variety's the spice of life. So we're going to take a small break from the mini-series and we're actually going to go into your questions answered. And although this wasn't a specific, your questions answered, I do get a lot of questions from people out there, like yourself who have actually got their own question.


    And afterwards I sat down and I wrote some notes and I thought I'd actually formulate it into this episode you've got here. The question I have today is from an athletics Sprint's coach, and he has an athlete who has a foot fracture of the navicular bone. Now this  can be quite a serious injury if not looked after properly.


    His question was around how we could use BFR within his rehab and return to run program. With respect to this injury, I'm going to be talking about the affected limb and that's going to be the foot that has the fracture.


     


    This is a really practical episode with lots of different uses for BFR in this scenario. I hope you enjoy it.  


     


    If you know of someone who has a similar kind of injury and you would benefit from listening to this episode, please share it.


    If you are actually going through the same injury and you want some guidance on how you could be using in your own training, I could actually help you with that as well. So please contact me via my website or DM me through my socials on Twitter or Instagram, which is @chrisgaviglio.


    Also there's loads of information on my website, which is www.sportsrehab.com.au. And I also have a YouTube channel, which has SportsRehabAus. Thanks for listening. I'll see you next week, when we're going to get back into the upper body mini series. Good luck with your training and remember to keep the pump.


     


    Chris

    • 18 min
    Using BFR for hand fracture rehab - a rehab tool to enhance your therapy.

    Using BFR for hand fracture rehab - a rehab tool to enhance your therapy.

    Welcome back to this episode of BFR radio,hope you're doing well and enjoying this upper body series.


    Just a friendly reminder about my sports rehab tourniquet BFR cuffs is that I've got new valves. I've actually had them for a few months now and everyone's loving them and looked the concept's pretty simple.


    There's two valves which connect together and they help inflate the cuff.  It's a little bit nicer. The connections are a lot firmer. Everyone that is using the new valves on the cuffs are loving it. So if you have the older style connection, which was a simple tube into an twist valve, you can actually upgrade your cuffs. All you have to do is head to my website, which is sports rehab.com. I've got a little video with it as well at which it's really simple and quick to change them over and I guarantee you'll love the new upgrade.


     


    Onto this episode, this is the third article review in the upper body series. Today we move away from the muscular benefits of BFR and look at the benefits with respect to bone fractures. Episode seven of BFR Radio actually reviewed an article that looked at the role of BFR and the rationale for improving bone reformation. In animal studies the use of BFR has been shown to improve fracture, healing time and there's actually a few human case studies as well. So see, episode 10, if you're a little bit more interested in this concept. Getting straight into the article, it's called:


    Blood flow restriction therapy after closed treatment of distal radius fractures.
    Cancio, J. M., Sgromolo, N. M., & Rhee, P. C. (2019).  Journal of wrist surgery, 8(4), 288.s," 


     


    If you know of someone who would benefit from this episode, please share it.  Alternatively, if you're going through this same rehab and interesting in purchasing your own set of BFR cuffs, please visit my website, which is www.sportsrehab.com.au


    And also once again, do you enjoy the 60 seconds snippets? If so, make sure you let me know, give it a comment, give it a thumbs up. Thanks for listening. And remember to keep the pump.

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