Effect of 16-Week Blood Flow Restriction Exercise on Functional Fitness in Sarcopenic Women: A Randomized Controlled Trial

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Rubens Vinícius Letieri; Guilherme Eustáquio Furtado; Paulo Marcelo Nogueira Barros; Mayrhon José Abrantes de Farias; Bruno Fernandes Antunez; Beatriz Branquinho Gomes & Ana Maria Miranda Botelho Teixeira


We investigated the effect of the intervention using the BFR method on functional capacity after 16 weeks in elderly women. In a controlled clinical trial, 23 women were randomly allocated into two groups, low-intensity exercise with blood flow restriction (LI + BFR, N = 11, Age: 69.40 ± 5.73) and control group (CG, N = 12, Age: 69.00 ± 6.39). The LI + BFR group had a volume of 75 repetitions at 20-30 % of 1RM and 3-4 sets per exercise (30, 15, 15 and repetitions with 30" rest between sets). The CG did not undergo any type of exercise. Functional capacity, anthropometry and sarcopenia were verified through a battery of tests before and after 16 weeks. The LI + BFR group had significant improvement in performance in Handgrip strength, Chair Stand, Arm curl, 2.44 Up-and-Go and 6 min walk, Sit-and- reach and Back Scratch (p<0.05) after the intervention. The elderly women were still classified as sarcopenic, despite the improvement in the Muscle Mass Index (p<0.01). CG did not present significant changes. The BFR method can be an effective in the intervention process using physical exercise as an auxiliary strategy in the control of sarcopenia, providing a physical profile during the aging process.

KEY WORDS: Occlusion training; Elderly; Handgrip strength.

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LETIERI, R. V.; FURTADO, G. E.; BARROS, P. M. N.; FARIAS, A. M. J.; ANTUNEZ, F. B.; GOMES, B. B. & TEIXEIRA, A. M. M. B. Effect of 16-week blood flow restriction exercise on functional fitness in sarcopenic women: a randomized controlled trial. Int. J. Morphol., 37(1):59-64, 2019.