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Oxford United Join Hytro on Research Project Combining BFR and Water-Based Recovery

Hytro continue their expansion into injury and performance research by working with Oxford United to undertake collaborative research on combining Blood Flow Restriction training with water-based recovery methods.

Oxford United x Hytro Logos - BFR Research Partnership

LONDON, 21 SEPTEMBER 2023 – Hytro is thrilled to unveil an exciting project with Oxford United for the upcoming 2023-24 season. This will see the EFL League One side and the global Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) brand delve into the intricacies of performance capabilities and recovery through the use of BFR. In particular, how BFR can be used with water-based recovery techniques, such as ice baths. By meticulously defining protocols that harness the potential of BFR and aquatic recovery modalities, the study endeavours to expedite the recuperation of elite athletes.


As the club paves the way for ground-breaking sports performance research, the collective aspiration is for this study to emerge as a pivotal catalyst in propelling the team toward top-tier football.


Hytro, has long since been committed to enhancing athletic performance through BFR technology, not just by offering cutting-edge solutions, but also by deepening the whole industry’s understanding of BFR’s potential. The research with Oxford United is a monumental stride in this direction. This collaboration signifies an intersection of professional sports and scientific rigour, promising insights that could revolutionise the way athletes recover and train. Together, the teams aim to demystify the lesser-known aspects of BFR, bringing its wider applications to the forefront for athletes worldwide.


Dr Warren Bradley, Founder and Head of Elite Performance at Hytro commented: “The research partnership is a fantastic opportunity to perform an industry defining study, with potentially far-reaching consequences across professional sports. While the benefits of BFR are well known for rehab and performance enhancement, its significance is not yet fully understood or appreciated within its wider applications in recovery.


Thanks to Dr Routledge and the team at Oxford United, we will research the benefits of Hytro BFR when used alongside water-based recovery modalities like ice baths, where we will define protocols to accelerate the recovery of elite athletes. This is an industry first, and testament to the club’s willingness to innovate and drive sports performance research.”


Harry Routledge PhD, Head of Performance at Oxford United added: “Hytro shares our view on the importance of marginal gains, and we are excited to be working with them on this innovative research project.


“As a club we are committed to delivering a high-performance environment for our players, which is why we are always looking at ways to better understand the impact of new technologies on training, playing and recovery.”


Oxford United Players celebrating on pitch

Credit: oufc.co.uk


Hytro continues to pioneer the use of BFR within the pro sports industry and beyond via its accessible and versatile BFR wearables. Specifically designed to enhance sports performance, Hytro is paving the way for BFR to be implemented throughout preparation, training, and recovery.


Hytro has partnered with over 60 esteemed professional sports teams across the UK and US 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.


This research will go towards Hytro’s expansion into the medical market. For more information on this expansion and for more information on how you can be part of the growth visit the Hytro Seedrs campaign here.


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