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BFR and Hamstrings with Todd Schroeder, PhD, MS, CSCS, FACSM
In this episode Johnny and Kyle chat with Todd Schroeder, PhD, MS, CSCS, FACSM of the University of Southern California. The fellas discuss how Todd go interested in BFR and how he has and continues to explore its effects on muscle!
Dr. Schroeder holds a full-time faculty position in the USC Division
of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. He is the Director of the USC Clinical Exercise Research Center and has over 70 peer-reviewed publications on the effects of exercise and hormones in health and disease. Dr. Schroeder is trained as an exercise physiologist, certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS), and is recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM).
Dr. Schroeder has helped develop the USC sports science program in the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy which lead to the partnership with Jordan Brand to create the Jordan Flight Lab at Jumpman LA in Los Angeles. The Flight Lab is dedicated to using innovation and technology to teach students, train athletes, and expose inner-city kids to the world of sports science.
Dr. Schroeder also consults for technology companies and validates new products in the health and fitness space.
Talking BFR, ACLR and Muscle with Brian Noehren, PT, PhD and Chris Fry, PhD
In this episode we chat with Associate Professor in the Division of Physical Therapy and the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at University of Kentucky Brian Noehren, PT, PhD, FACSM and Associate Professor Chris Fry, PhD of University of Kentucky in the Department of Athletic Training and Clinical Nutrition. Brian and Chris have a registered (ref. no. NCT03364647), ongoing ACLR trial utilizing BFR where they will be taking serial biopsies to exam what effect the intervention is having upon the quality of the muscle; something they’ve identified to be problematic in previous studies. Here’s a link to their study protocol: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6665950/
The articles we discussed in this episode:
Noehren, B., Andersen, A., Hardy, P., Johnson, D. L., Ireland, M. L., Thompson, K. L., & Damon, B. (2016). Cellular and Morphological Alterations in the Vastus Lateralis Muscle as the Result of ACL Injury and Reconstruction. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume, 98(18), 1541–1547.
Peck, B. D., Brightwell, C. R., Johnson, D. L., Ireland, M. L., Noehren, B., & Fry, C. S. (2019). Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tear Promotes Skeletal Muscle Myostatin Expression, Fibrogenic Cell Expansion, and a Decline in Muscle Quality. The American Journal of Sports Medicine, 363546519832864.
Noehren, B., & Snyder-Mackler, L. (2020). Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? Open-Chain Exercises After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction. The Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 50(9), 473–475.
Moro, T., Brightwell, C. R., Phalen, D. E., McKenna, C. F., Lane, S. J., Porter, C., Volpi, E., Rasmussen, B. B., & Fry, C. S. (2019). Low skeletal muscle capillarization limits muscle adaptation to resistance exercise training in older adults. Experimental Gerontology, 127, 110723.
Nielsen, J. L., Aagaard, P., Bech, R. D., Nygaard, T., Hvid, L. G., Wernbom, M., Suetta, C., & Frandsen, U. (2012). Proliferation of myogenic stem cells in human skeletal muscle in response to low-load resistance training with blood flow restriction. The Journal of Physiology, 590(17), 4351–4361.
If you’d be interested in pursuing a PhD with these gentlemen feel free to reach out at:
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Comparing Low Load BFR to Heavy Load Strength Training
In this episode the fellas discuss a recent paper in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports. The paper did a really nice job of refining the work of other authors to remove some bias and give a nice picture of what has been shown thus far as it pertains to the comparison of BFR w/ light weigh to traditional strength training via heavy load.
Grønfeldt, B. M., Lindberg Nielsen, J., Mieritz, R. M., Lund, H., & Aagaard, P. (2020). Effect of blood-flow restricted vs. heavy-load strength training on muscle strength: Systematic review and meta-analysis. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports. https://doi.org/10.1111/sms.13632
BFR in Persons with Multiple Sclerosis with Mark Mañago, PT, DPT, PhD, NCS
In this episode of the Owens Recovery Science podcast Johnny and Kyle chat with Mark Mañago, PT, DPT, PhD, NCS. Mark is an Assistant Professor in the Physical Therapy program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Dr. Mañago is a dedicated researcher, focused on advancing clinical research in the field of rehabilitation in people with multiple sclerosis and other neurological conditions by investigating clinically feasible targeted exercise interventions to improve participation. This year, he was awarded a K-12 award through the Comprehensive Opportunities in Rehabilitation Research Training (CORRT) program and recently received a pilot award from the Consortium of MS Centers to study the feasibility of BFR in people with MS.
Papers referenced on this podcast:
Camara-Lemarroy, C., Metz, L., Smith, E., Dunn, J., & Yong, V. W. (2018). Expanding the Potential Therapeutic Options for Remote Ischemic Preconditioning: Use in Multiple Sclerosis. Frontiers in Neurology, 9, 475.
Chotiyarnwong, C., Nair, K., Angelini, L., Buckley, E., Mazza, C., Heyes, D., Ramiz, R., Baster, K., Ismail, A., Das, J., Ali, A., Lindert, R., Sharrack, B., Price, S., & Paling, D. (2020). Effect of remote ischaemic preconditioning on walking in people with multiple sclerosis: double-blind randomised controlled trial. BMJ Neurology Open, 2(1), e000022.
Darvishi, M., Rafiei, M., Kelardeh, B. M., & Keshavarz, S. (n.d.). Effect of Aerobic Training with Blood Flow Restricting on Static Balance, Lower Extremity Strength, and Thigh Hypertrophy in Females with Multiple Sclerosis.
Lamberti, N., Straudi, S., Donadi, M., Tanaka, H., Basaglia, N., & Manfredini, F. (2020). Effectiveness of blood flow-restricted slow walking on mobility in severe multiple sclerosis: a pilot randomized trial. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports. https://doi.org/10.1111/sms.13764
Brad Lambert, PhD of Methodist Houston
In this episode we talk with Brad Lambert, PhD of Houston Methodist about their ACLR and throwing shoulder BFR studies, along with his general curiosities and future clinical BFR work. We hope you enjoy the listen! #EARNYOURDEFLATE
BFR and the Biomechanics of a Step-Up Task
In this episode the guys discuss a recent paper evaluating the biomechanical changes that occur when combining BFR with a step up task in healthy subjects and subjects who have had ACLR.
Telfer, S., Calhoun, J., Bigham, J., Mand, S., Gellert, J., Hagen, M., Kweon, C., & Gee, A. (2020). Biomechanical Effects of Blood Flow Restriction Training after ACL Reconstruction. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. https://doi.org/10.1249/MSS.0000000000002437
Sigward and Chan papers:
Chan, M.-S., & Sigward, S. M. (2019). Loading Behaviors Do Not Match Loading Abilities Postanterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 51(8), 1626–1634.
Chan, M.-S., & Sigward, S. M. (2020). Center of pressure predicts Intra-limb compensatory patterns that shift demands away from knee extensors during squatting. Journal of Biomechanics, 110008.
Owens, J. G., Rauzi, M. R., Kittelson, A., Graber, J., Bade, M. J., Johnson, J., & Nabhan, D. (2020). How New Technology Is Improving Physical Therapy. Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12178-020-09610-6
PT Inquest episode with Susan Sigward:
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Crystal clear look into BFR. Simplified enough to share with new students, concise enough to share with referring physicians.