Versus Arthritis Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis
University of Nottingham

Physiological, Neuromuscular and Mechanical Adaptations to Blood Flow Restriction Training in UK Military Personnel


The physical demands of military training place high loads on the knee joint which can result in pain arising from the knee joint and can increase the risk of developing knee osteoarthritis. Improvements in functional capacity during rehabilitation from knee injuries is closely linked to improvements in muscle strength. However, for many individuals undergoing rehabilitation, high-load resistance training can be contraindicated due to pain, weakness or instability. Blood flow restriction resistance training is known to elicit comparable improvements in muscle strength and size versus conventional high-load resistance training while allowing individuals to use low-loads.    

Aims and Objectives:

The study aims to compare the effect of low-load blood flow restriction training to conventional high-load training on muscle strength, size and lower-limb mechanics in UK military personnel who are undergoing inpatient care for their knee pain. 

Work Package Stratified Care and Personalised Medicine: Care
Objective   1 & 3
Lead Kieran Lunt
Investigators James Bilzon, Peter Ladlow, Polly McGuigan, Robyn Cassidy
Institution University of Bath


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