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Blood flow restriction training is quickly gaining popularity in the United States. However, it is not without controversy. While there are many reported health benefits, there are equally as many risks. Most concerning is the lack of industry standardizations regarding cuff size and pressure. There is no required training to implement blood flow restriction training, which can be problematic when people with little knowledge practice this type of exercise. When blood flow is restricted, there is an impact on the cardiovascular system, nervous system, and muscular system. Damage can be done when blood flow is restricted with too much pressure or too long of a duration. This paper provides a systematic review, including a comprehensive overview of the literature, regarding blood flow restriction exercise.

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Originally published in the Journal of Physical Fitness, Medicine & Treatment in Sports, 7(2), [Article 555706] . The original material can be found here.

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