Athletes are using blood flow restriction exercise to help build muscle in preparation for the Tokyo Olympics.
The techniques require athletes to wrap their limbs tightly to limit blood flow to the muscles.
It is also said to enhance endurance and recovery, making it a popular new fitness trend among athletes.
This isn’t the first time Olympic athletes have used a new trend to try to gain a competitive edge.
In 2016 it was a rage and this year it is a tourniquet.
Former Japanese electric lifter Yoshiaki Sato developed this method in 1966 according to New York Times.
“It’s always just a matter of time,” he said Times.
“I just didn’t think it would take that long.”
NS Times reported that athletes such as American swimmer Michael Andrews used this method during the lead up to the Olympics.
“Obviously it was very difficult,” Andrew said to Times.
“But you’re simulating a real pain sensation that tricks the body into growing back.”
A series of independent researchers have confirmed the possible benefits of this approach.
A 2000 paper published by Sato and scientists in Japan argued that cutting off the flow before turning it back on could prompt the brain to use its healing powers more than usual.
Shawn M. Arent, chair of the Department of Exercise Science at the University of South Carolina, is currently studying its effects and told Times: “It’s a good supplement for training; it’s not all your training. “
“It provides physiological stimulation when other things might be limited,” he added.
CZECH PM BLAST COVID ‘SCANDAL’
The Czech Olympic team received harsh words from their prime minister on Thursday when six athletes and officials on the same flight to Tokyo tested positive for coronavirus.
Prime Minister Andrej Babis called the situation “a scandal” as beach volleyball player Marketa Nausch Slukova and road cyclist Michal Schlegel tested positive at the Olympic Village.
They brought the number of athletes infected with Covid in the Czech team to four, while two other employees also tested positive.
“I don’t like this one bit. I don’t understand how it can happen,” Babis told reporters.
Nausch Slukova’s Austrian coach and husband Simon Nausch tested positive earlier this week along with another beach volleyball player, Ondrej Perusic, and table tennis hope Pavel Sirucek.
Doctor Vlastimil Voracek of the Czech Olympic team tested positive on arrival in Tokyo. Czech Olympic Committee spokesman Tibor Alfoldi confirmed to AFP that all five were on the same flight.
Schlegel’s positive test result was confirmed later on Thursday. The cyclist also arrived on the same plane.
Nausch Slukova’s positive test result caused her and teammate Barbora Hermannova to be disqualified from the Olympics.
“I don’t know what to say, I’m extremely disappointed,” Nausch Slukova, who finished fifth at London 2012 with Kristyna Kolocova, said in a statement.
“We continue to convince people to get vaccinated, and doctors don’t give them. On top of that, it’s not fair to the athletes,” Prime Minister Babis said.
Olympic team leader Martin Doktor said the Czech Olympic Committee launched a probe into the Covid cluster.
“The situation is serious but since the problem arose, we have done our best to prevent the spread,” said Doktor.
“Unfortunately, we cannot avoid sports tragedies. I’m really sorry,” he added.
David Travnicek, head of the Sport Invest agency representing Nausch Slukova, did not rebut his words.
“Logistics is so underrated that it is hard to believe that it is pure amateur in our eyes,” he said.
“It was the failure of the person in charge of the charter flight, not the people on board.”
GUINEA BACKFLIPS ABOUT OLYMPICS STAGE
Guinea’s West African state on Friday said it was rescinding its decision to withdraw its five-man team from the Olympics, a move it said was spurred by worries about the coronavirus.
“The government, after receiving assurances from the health authorities, will allow our athletes to participate,” Sports Minister Sanoussy Bantama Sow said in a statement.
The move reverses Wednesday’s decision to cancel the country’s participation in the Tokyo Olympics due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
However, a source close to the government in the capital Conakry said their decision not to send the five-man team was due to financial constraints.
“The ministry cannot pay,” the source said.
Local media also claimed financial motives rather than health had led to Guinea’s withdrawal, which had never won a medal in 11 Olympics appearances.
Guinea’s strong team includes Fatoumata Yarie Camara (freestyle), Mamadou Samba Bah (judo), Fatoumata Lamarana Toure and Mamadou Tahirou Bah (swimming) and Aissata Deen Conte (athletics, women’s 100m).
COACH REVEALS FOOTBALL ‘PERFECT RESPONSE’ TO COVID CASE
South Africa men’s soccer team coach David Notoane has called the response “disrespectful” following positive cases of Covid-19 in his team.
South Africa beat Japan 1-0 in their opening game of Olympic football, after their squad was forced to isolate in the lead of the match.
A video analyst and two players – James Monyane and Kamohelo Mahlatsi – tested positive for coronavirus on Sunday, with 21 team members so-called close contacts the next day. .
There are concerns that the Tokyo match will not be able to take place if South Africa cannot register the required minimum of 13 players.
But they overcame that barrier with six substitutes named on their bench, and almost claimed an unlikely point against Japan with a fighting performance.
“One thing I would like to mention…the issue of discrimination,” he said in his post-match press conference.
“Because often, when people walk past us, you see people running away. I think it’s disrespectful. COVID is something we live our whole lives outside of the league, so it was very surprising.”
Even so, he pointed out that Team Japan responded well.
“I think the Japanese team’s reaction was good towards the end of the game,” he said.
“Perhaps we were expecting the worst. But I think the game was played in the spirit that we are here for unity as well. We are here for united motion, as a people. “
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