A critical appraisal of "Comparisons Between Low-Intensity Resistance Training With Blood Flow Restriction And High Intensity Resistance Training On Quadriceps Muscle Mass And Strength In Elderly"

Hutchinson, Camden
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This paper provides an appraisal of a 2015 article published by the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research (JSCR) which discusses the use of low-intensity resistance training with blood flow restriction (LRT-BFR) in comparison to high-intensity resistance training (HRT) in elderly adults. The process by which this paper came to be started with a formed clinical question followed by the discovery of an article which helped to answer that question. The article chosen for appraisal compares LRT-BFR to HRT in a sample of elderly adults to determine what effect is had on the quadriceps strength and cross-sectional area (CSA). In this paper a summary of the research will be compiled along with a summary of the introduction, methods, results, and discussion. Each part of the study shall be effectively broken down and evaluated based on its overall strengths and weaknesses. Also included in this paper will be a section which discusses the results of the study and then ties those results into their clinical applications. My personal opinions, as well as opinions on how this research can be helpful to health care professionals will also be discussed.