Sumary of Olympians are wrapping their arms and legs in blood flow-restricting bands to build muscle mass and avoid injury:
- Blood flow restriction training is being used by Olympic athletes in the lead up to the games.
- It involves strapping up the limbs to limit blood flow to the muscles.
- Olympians are using blood flow restriction training as a muscle building technique to prepare for the Tokyo Olympics.
- The technique involves wrapping up the limbs to limit blood flow to the muscles, Insider previously reported.
- Not only is blood flow restriction designed to help build muscle without lifting very heavy weights, it can also be used to boost endurance and aid recovery.
- The New York Times reported athletes like swimmer Michael Andrew, 22, and long distance runner Galen Rupp, 35, have both been using the method in the leadup to the games.