The Soccerex Wellness Zone Spotlight on Dr. James Stray-Gundersen, BStrong Training Systems.
Hi Dr. SG, will you please introduce yourself and BStrong?
Hi, I am Dr. Jim Stray-Gundersen. I have had a career-long focus on LEGALLY Maximizing Human Performance at the highest level of sport for over 30 years. In this capacity working with Olympians, World Champions, Professional and Amateur teams, I have come across many potentially performance-enhancing modalities – I have never experienced such a game-changing catalyst for maximizing athletic performance as Blood Flow Restrictive (BFR) Training. As a sports scientist and sports medicine physician, I developed the B STRONG BFR Training system for all ages and disciplines to benefit safely from Blood Flow Restrictive Training (BFR) with an eye to an affordable, comfortable, safe and effective, new training modality. Further Bio highlights can be read here.
You are obviously an expert in your area, but why do you feel Soccer needs your service/product?
The soccer world can benefit from an affordable, comfortable, BFR system (B Strong). BFR devices have made their appearance in European and American soccer/football, but current products are either too expensive, not able to be used easily on the pitch, not safe or effective, unable to allow specific techniques unhindered. After years of studying BFR use internationally, I defined the mechanism and physiological response that elicit the immediate benefits of BFR training – and they are astounding! I then developed and patented the B STRONG Training System to simplify BFR Training for all. B STRONG Training can be safely used by all strength & conditioning programs as an adjunct to training, as well as individuals to achieve faster recovery from injury, improved strength and power, and overall endurance.
How will an individual benefit from BStrong Services?
The benefits of proper B STRONG training cannot be overemphasized. BFR training is an exercise technique that manipulates the body’s circulatory system, and when combined with exercise, produces rapid gains in strength and fitness using light loads in a very short period of time. What this means – For an individual to achieve the fatigue from a traditional training session, he/she would have to lift heavy weights for a long period of time to elicit the growth hormonal response needed to make strength gains or overall improvement — ultimately tearing muscle to build muscle strength. When following B STRONG protocols of lighter weights to fatigue, the athlete (young or old/fit or unfit) gets a physiologic response quickly without having to break down and tear the muscle, inducing HGH to all tissues and working muscles of the body. This strong fatigue triggers a natural, robust, hormonal cascade which in turn produces hypertrophy and strength gains on par with traditional weightlifting. The hormones circulating in the bloodstream benefit all areas of the body that were working not only the banded limbs, which we refer to as the “systemic effect.”
How will an organization benefit?
For years, this training modality was only made available to Olympic Athletes and select NFL, MLS, MBA and select collegiate teams for whom Dr. Stray-Gundersen consulted. The secret is out, and our science-based training platforms and sport-specific protocols offer organizations at the elite level the opportunity to enhance performance beyond each athlete’s PR. Dr. Stray-Gundersen has developed the system so Strength & Conditioning Coaches can assign players to use BFR Training on an individual or team basis, and know their program is being followed whether athletes are on the road or at their home facility. B STRONG training enhances normal training programs, simply using the B STRONG band during weight training, running, skills/drills training or as an adjunct to any training. Consistent BFR Training equals measurable strength, power, velocity improvements with endurance as a measurable bonus. Most Athletic Trainers are familiar with BFR as a recovery tool, and B STRONG is proven to reduce recovery time, getting the player back to the pitch in significantly shorter time. In particular, individuals can return to play in half the time it normally takes, and this allows the organization to save money and wins by having players back in the line-up.
How can you deliver your product or service?
We will be offering free B STRONG demo trials in Booth #121 throughout Soccerex, in the Wellness Universe. Once an athlete or trainer experiences the immediate benefits of training with the B STRONG Training System, the appreciation for how this revolutionizes workout vs. results for athletes of all ages and abilities is quickly understood. We will offer a special Soccerex Discount for individual and bulk Team purchases made during the event.
How can you be contacted?
Visit our website or connect with me on The Wellness Universe and visit our booth #121 at Soccerex. It will be staffed throughout the event by Certified Master BFR Trainers offering demos and answering all questions. Opportunities for BFR Training Certifications are also available throughout Soccerex for qualified individuals.
Meet Dr. James Stray-Gundersen in person at Soccerex and watch as he presents 3 Workshops on the science of BFR Training on the Wellness Universe stage.
DAY 1 – 11/15 at 11:40 – 12:05
The Benefits of Blood Flow Restrictive (BFR) Training for the Professional Soccer Player:
James Stray-Gundersen, MD, BFR Expert and co-developer of B Strong Training Systems, focuses on the specific use and application of Blood Flow Restriction (BFR)Training and its revolutionary benefit as a paradigm shift in training, as well as its’ application and use as an addition to current training for professional football (soccer) players. Use for prevention of injuries, and in rehab/recovery for return to the pitch, as an adjunct to strength training and in conjunction with HIIT (high intensity interval training).
DAY 2 – 11/16 at 12:35-12:55
Strength Training Specific to the Young Developing Soccer Player:
Olympic Physician introduces paradigm shift in Strength Training for youth to build muscle strength, avoid injury and sustain mobility, while protecting joints and long-term sports participation. Stronger young athletes will be better prepared to learn complex movements, master sport tactics, and sustain the demands of training and competition whilst simultaneously reducing their risk of injury due to improved muscle support, body control and/or technique.
DAY 2 – 11/16 at 2:40-3:00
B Strong BFR Training for Elite Performance & Injury Recovery
Professional and Collegiate Soccer Players First Hand Experiences with BFR for Strength, Fitness, Recovery, and Prevention of Injury with Dr. Jim Stray-Gundersen, MD
James Stray-Gundersen, MD, BFR Expert and co-developer of B Strong Training Systems, talks with all levels of soccer from the professional to collegiate, to coaches on how proper BFR use, when using safe BFR equipment has benefited their performance, and extended their careers.