Int J Sports Med
DOI: 10.1055/a-1386-4846

Resistance Training with Blood Flow Restriction on Vascular Function: A Meta-analysis

Yujia Liu
1  Department of Physical Education, Jiangsu Normal University, Xuzhou, China
Ning Jiang
2  Department of Orthopedics, Fifth Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University, Zhuhai, China
Fangfang Pang
3  Department of Emergency, Haigang Hospital of Yantai City, Yantai, China
Tong Chen
4  Department of Marxism Studies, Jiangsu Normal University, Xuzhou, China
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Funding: This analysis was based upon work funded by the Jiangsu Provincial Natural Science Foundation for Youth of China under Grant No. BK20190999


In this meta-analysis, the aims were to examine the effects of resistance training with and without blood flow restriction on vascular function. Five databases were searched up to June 2020 for papers about resistance training with blood flow restriction influence on vascular function. The quality of each identified study was evaluated. Effect sizes were estimated in terms of the standardized mean difference. A subgroup analysis was conducted according to participants’ age, training duration, and cuff pressure. The results of six studies on arterial compliance and five on vascular function were highly homogenous regarding responses to resistance training with or without blood flow restriction. Resistance training with blood flow restriction had a more positive effect for regulating arterial compliance than resistance training without blood flow restriction, but not for vascular function. Resistance training with blood flow restriction leads to a more positive effect on vascular function than resistance training when training for no longer than four weeks.

* Joint first authors.

Supplementary Material

Publication History

Received: 26 August 2020

Accepted: 29 January 2021

Publication Date:
18 March 2021 (online)

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