Current guidelines suggest that training for muscle size and strength require heavy loads (>70% 1-repetition maximum). However, many older people cannot tolerate the mechanical stress associated with such exercise. Within the past 15 years, research has shown that lifting light weights combined with blood flow restriction to the working limbs can cause significant muscular development, albeit with a lower physical workload. This podcast will provide participants with theoretical and practical knowledge regarding the use of blood flow restriction during low-intensity resistance exercise for older people.
Participants will learn what blood flow restriction exercise is, and the physiological mechanisms by which this novel training strategy improves muscular development. Information will also be provided regarding the how to apply restrictive cuffs/wraps for blood flow restriction training, including the size and type of cuffs, optimal pressures to use, and the types of exercise which can benefit.
The recording is of a webinar presented by ESSA on 18 May 2017.
Presented by Dr Brendan Scott
Dr Brendan Scott received his PhD from the University of Newcastle in 2016, in which he investigated the acute responses to performing resistance exercise in hypoxia (simulated altitude). His research has predominantly focused on using hypoxia and blood flow restriction during exercise to enhance muscular development for well-trained individuals. Recently, Brendan has begun applying these techniques to older adults, with the aim of improving muscular development and functional abilities. Brendan has collaborated with several high-performance sporting organisations, including the Aspire Academy, A-League, National Rugby League, Western Australian Institute of Sport, and the Western Australian Football League.
Brendan has published over 20 scientific papers, and presented research at 9 national and international conferences. He has been actively involved with ESSA as a presenter at the past 3
‘Research to Practice’ conferences, and was awarded the Aspire Academy Internship Award and Young Investigator Runner-Up (Sport Science) at the 2016 conference. Brendan has been employed as a Lecturer (Strength and Conditioning) in the School of Psychology and Exercise Science at Murdoch University since 2015.
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