Electric Muscle Stimulation and Blood Flow Restriction training – for improved athletic performance

Thursday 9th May 15:50 - 16:30

Electric Muscle Stimulation is one of the top fitness trends in the German health and fitness market. Over the last year, that growth is now expanding into the UK as more people are seeing the potential of EMS training to enhance athletic performance. This high-intensity whole-body workout uses low-frequency electrical impulses to stimulate muscles that are often ignored by conventional training methods. Elite athletes like Usain Bolt as well as top athletes including IRONMAN competitors are using EMS as a safe, effective way to increase performance across strength, speed and endurance as well as support faster muscle recovery.

Occlusion training known as “blood flow restriction training” (BRF), involves restricting blood flow in a working limb to achieve increased strength. Early work on muscle activation and strength has been found to speed recovery after many injuries but many injured tissues, do not tolerate heavier weight loads and the muscles therefore lose strength due to activity restriction.

Strength training with blood flow restriction (BFR) shows promise, as muscle strength and bulk can be gained with very low training loads. With research suggesting strength gains similar in magnitude to heavy load training without BFR. BFR can have a significant role in early rehabilitation of multiple injuries. The objective of this lecture is to present an overview of BFR training and some evidence underpinning this technique, and to outline how BFR may be optimised.

Demystifying Electric Muscle Stimulation: the next big thing in athletic human performance


Jens Vatter, Head of Education EMS International at Glucker College, miha bodytec

Understanding and optimising Blood Flow Restriction (BRF) training


Dr Bruce Paton, Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist, Musculoskeletal Extended Scope Practitioner and Clinical Lecturer at UCLH and Institute of Sport Exercise & Health, UCL