The Science Behind Bayou Band
Purpose → Bayou Band utilizes performance-based banded flossing, a technique in which a long thick strip of natural latex rubber is tightly wrapped around a joint during warmup and recovery routines. Use of the band initiates improvements in joint mobility, injury prevention, and overall athletic performance.
Results → Range of Motion → Increased joint mobility/flexibility. Strength → Increased explosiveness/athletic movements. Muscular Endurance → Optimized growth hormone production/quicker recovery.
Conclusion → Use of the Bayou Band provides competitive advantages in explosive athletic performance and recovery.
Banded flossing is a cutting edge training technique performed by wrapping a long thick strip of natural latex rubber around a joint at approximately 75% tension creating partial occlusion. While using flossing techniques, athletes work through all ranges of motion for a duration of 1 to 5 minutes before removing the band.
Comprehensive studies done by multiple institutions have produced significant results correlating increased range of motion, strength, muscular endurance and recovery as benefits of banded flossing. Scientific correlations and citations linking banded flossing to increased athletic performance are segmented and summarized below.
Range of Motion
According to a comparative study done at the University of Washington in 2006, a pitcher’s throwing arm averages eight degrees less range motion at the elbow when compared to the non-throwing arm. An average loss of five degrees in flexion was also discovered. This deficiency in range of motion is statistically correlated to higher probabilities of injury, soreness, and under performance.
A study conducted by the University of Waikato highlights significant increases in range of motion as a result of banded flossing. By quantifying before and after effects on joint mobility in individuals performing a weighted lunge, the study identifies the following improvements;
“The Weight bearing lunge test resulted in a .75 inches increase in range of motion pre to post for floss compared to a .08 inches increase in the control group.”
The alarming number of joint based surgeries performed across all levels of baseball and football presents a huge risk to athletes, as well as the organizations investing in player performance. Banded flossing is a preventative step aimed at increasing joint mobility and decreasing the risk of serious injury.
In 2017 the University of Waikato study identified an increase in plantar flexion and dorsiflexion before and after banded flossing. Subjects underwent a series of tests to quantify differences in range of motion and relative strength.
“Results showed a significant increase in jump velocity when compared to the control….Similar increases were observed for jump height, where individuals who had undergone banded flossing showed an average vertical jump height of 1.67 inches higher than before flossing.”
The increase in vertical jump and associated explosive strengths resulting from banded flossing in the ankle can be replicated similarly across all joints.
Benefits of banded flossing can facilitate increases in muscular endurance by initiating a process called Ischemic Preconditioning. By creating a voluntary resistance to blood flow, an ischemic state results from a combination of decreased oxygen and increased pressure in the targeted tissue.
Upon removal of the band, blood perfuses and penetrates deeply in the occluded area, resulting in a significant increase in growth hormone and acute norepinephrine levels. Growth hormone cascade is highly anabolic, providing many essential functions for athletes including stimulation of Insulin-like Growth Factor production resulting in boosted protein synthesis, cell growth, and proliferation. A comprehensive study conducted in 2014 by Morales et al. predictably correlates elevated acute norepinephrine with improved vertical jumping ability, instilling confidence that similar hormonal responses can be achieved by utilizing banded flossing on all joints.
Increased blood flow and oxygen delivery upon removal of the band contributes to more efficient removal of lactate, reducing muscle soreness and fatigue. Additionally, increased blood flow after Ischemic Preconditioning may provide for expanded workloads and muscular endurance.
Scientific correlations link banded flossing to increased athletic performance and recovery, offering a competitive advantage when added into warmup and recovery routines. Bayou Band utilizes and promotes all the advantages of banded flossing by improving explosive athletic performance and recovery across all sports.
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