Research Article
Volume 12 Issue 1 - 2021
The Effects of Blood Flow Restriction in Ergonomic Cycle Training of the Upper Limbs on Female-A Randomized Pilot Study
Eduardo Giovani-Martins1, Felipe Coimbra-Meira1 and Rubén Cuesta-Barriuso2,3*
1Master’s degree in Sports Physiotherapy, Real Madrid, Department of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Sport Sciences, European University of Madrid, Spain
2Department of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Sport Sciences, European University of Madrid, Spain
3Real Fundación Victoria Eugenia, Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Madrid, Spain
*Corresponding Author: Rubén Cuesta-Barriuso, European University of Madrid, Villaviciosa de Odón, Spain. Tajo Street, Villaviciosa de Odón, Madrid. 28670.
Received:October 22, 2020; Published: December 29, 2020


Background: Abdominal and lumbo-pelvic stability alterations may origin lower limb injuries, like for example adductor pathology in soccer players.

Objective: To compare ergonomic cycle training of the upper limbs, with and without blood flow restriction in healthy female.

Study Design: Randomized pilot study.

Methods: Twenty females were randomly assigned to the experimental (ergonomic hand-cycle training applying blood flow restriction) or control group (same training without blood flow restriction). The intervention lasted 4 weeks. The outcome measure was average power, isometric strength of biceps and triceps, power peak, relative peak power, relative average power, fatigue index and perception of effort.

Results. Experimental group showed significant improvement between weeks 0 - 4 on average power, peak power and relative average power (p < .01). We found significant changes (p < .01) in the repeated measures factor in average power, relative average power, peak power and relative peak power. There was a significant improvement following treatment compared to baseline in peak power (p = .01), relative peak power (p = .03) and relative average power (p < .001).

Conclusion: Blood flow restriction with ergonomic cycle training of the upper limbs can improve average power, relative average power, peak power and relative peak power.

Keywords: Blood Flow Restriction; Female; Anaerobic Capacity; Subjective Perception of Effort; Isometric Strength


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Citation: Eduardo Giovani-Martins., et al. “The Effects of Blood Flow Restriction in Ergonomic Cycle Training of the Upper Limbs on Female-A Randomized Pilot Study”.EC Orthopaedics 12.1 (2021): 57-68.

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