Ep 23. Ischemic Preconditioning - what is it and how it can help improve your performance (with Sam Halley PhD.)

Thanks for joining in for this month's episode. 

In this episode I am joined by Sam Halley who hopefully by the time this episode airs should have officially completed and be awarded his PhD. His PhD focused on the area of Ischemic Preconditioning (IPC) and this podcast will essentially be 2 parts.

The first section revisits what IPC is, what this means for exercise performance and some of his own work looking at the effect of IPC on nqurmusucalr function during intense exercise. The second part takes the concept of IPC into the real world of sporting performance. It looks at how the application of IPC on kayak 1000m performance.

The advantage of IPC is that it is a passive intervention that comprises of three to four 5 minute alternating cycles of blood flow occlusion and reperfusion across limbs. Exercise performance trials have demonstrated small, albeit inconsistent, ergogenic effects during aerobic and exhaustive tasks. His work with kayak athletes is well worth the listen.

We also discuss how this type of intervention could be of benefit with other athletes and in particular he highlights the potential for big-wave surfers and swimmers. Sam covers a lot in this podcast with a lot of practical take-aways.

If you want to contact him, his details are:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beachshalleyball/

Email: slhalley07@gmail.com

Researchgate: Sam Halley

I hope you enjoyed this episode. 

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