International Journal of KAATSU Training Research
Online ISSN : 1882-6628
Print ISSN : 1349-4562
ISSN-L : 1349-4562
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Evaluation of fetal status during KAATSU training® in the third trimester of pregnancy
N. TakanoM. KusumiH. Takano
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2013 Volume 9 Issue 1 Pages 7-11

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Abstract

[Objective] We explored KAATSU training performed in a pregnant woman was safe for the fetus at the third thrimester of pregnancy.
[Methods] A 36-year-old primigravida woman underwent non-stress tests (NST) at 29 weeks and 6 days (29w6d) and 30w4d of gestation in three states: resting (no exercise load), biceps curls using a 1 kg load without restricted blood flow, and biceps curls under a 1 kg load with arm blood flow restriction (BFR) with KAATSU belts, a specially designed elastic pressure cuffs. In addition, maternal hemodynamics using a Task Force Monitor and umbilical artery resistance index (UARI) using pulse wave Doppler duplex system were measured during femoral BFR with KAATSU belts at 31w1d.
[Results]
All of NST results showed that the fetal status was considered to be good and appropriate for the gestational age. Although femoral BFR caused a reduction in the maternal preload, the UARI did not change.
[Conclusion] Under the test conditions used in the present study, KAATSU training had no direct influence on the fetal status and utero-placental circulation. However, as the absence of fetal status influence of KAATSU training could not be confirmed, further investigation will be necessary.

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