Gloucester Rugby join Hytro as Official BFR Research Partner

Gloucester Rugby has partnered with Hytro, the first Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) wearable designed specifically to improve sports performance, ahead of the 2023-24 pre-season.

Now working with over 60 professional sports teams across the UK and US, Hytro are undertaking a research and development project with Gloucester Rugby. Together, aiming to establish a solid foundation of evidence-based knowledge surrounding BFR wearables, shedding light on their efficacy, safety, and potential impact on athletic performance.

Specifically, the study will focus on lower limb strength sessions and whether BFR alone or in conjunction with heat can improve the quality of work through the pre-season and then help to design a ‘best-practice’ protocol for the in-season period.

With Gloucester Rugby’s endorsement and involvement, this partnership signifies a significant milestone in advancing the scientific understanding of BFR wearables and their potential impact on athletic performance. By combining their respective expertise and resources, Hytro and Gloucester Rugby aim to spearhead advancements in sports science, paving the way for safer and more effective training methodologies for athletes across various disciplines.

Dr Warren Bradley, Founder and Head of Elite Performance at Hytro, said: “Hytro is thrilled to announce our official partnership with Gloucester Rugby, this research partnership is particularly exciting given the high level of scientific rigour Dr Hudson brings to the table and the historical importance of a club like Gloucester Rugby. This partnership signifies our commitment to advancing the understanding of Blood Flow Restriction and its impact on athletic performance.”

Dr James Hudson, Gloucester Rugby’s Performance Nutritionist, added: “Gloucester Rugby is excited to partner with Hytro to enhance the athletic performance of our athletes. Together, we will research and develop the optimal use of Hytro garments before lower limb strength sessions. This research will explore the benefits of blood flow restriction (BFR) alone or in combination with heat to improve pre-season training quality and establish a “best-practice” protocol for the in-season period.”

The revolutionary BFR company helps to facilitate elite sport clubs by providing their simple and practical solution with Active and Passive BFR. Hytro is currently being used by teams including St Helens RLC, Leeds Rhinos, Catalan Dragons, Bath Rugby, Newcastle Falcons, Newcastle Thunder, Aston Villa FC, Rangers FC, Blackburn Rovers FC, Everton FC, UFC Performance Institute and Alpine Academy.

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