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The following videos feature special presentations by:

 The Science of KAATSU

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In this special series of KAATSU conference videos, Dr. Jim Stray-Gundersen, the Chief Medical Officer of KAATSU Global, Inc., explains the differences between correct and incorrect KAATSU.  He also provides multiple tools and resources with which KAATSU can be objectively evaluated.  His findings reaffirm an abundance of research which supports that KAATSU Training are medically and scientifically sound.  He also provides examples of how KAATSU is suitable for use in a variety of industries and settings.


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Dr. James Stray-Gundersen is exploring the optimal pressures and the corresponding physiological effects at the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association’s Center of Excellence.

The most distinctive feature of KAATSU training is that it produces a significant effect… in a short time… using extremely light loads.

Dr. Jim Stray-Gundersen is the Science Advisor to the U.S. Ski & Snowboarding Association and has participated in 6 Winter Olympic Games as a team doctor.

Dr. Stray-Gundersen received his Board Certification in General Surgery in 1985 and completed Fellowships in Cardiovascular Physiology and Human Nutrition at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School where he received appointments as Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, and Physiology.

Dr. James Stray-Gundersen speaking at the 10th Annual KAATSU International Symposium in Tokyo, Japan in October, 2014

Dr. James Stray-Gundersen speaking at the 10th Annual KAATSU International Symposium in Tokyo, Japan in October, 2014

Dr. Stray-Gundersen conducted research and built and directed two World Class Human Performance Centers associated with leading hospitals, St. Paul and Baylor.

Dr. Stray-Gundersen’s primary interest and area of research is maximal human performance, the physiology of health and fitness/wellness through exercise prescription, markers of over training, nutrition as it applies to performance and health, altitude acclimatization and training (pioneered Live Hi/Train Low), and anti doping (developed anti doping test SAFE – Safe and Fair Events).

Since 1984, Stray-Gundersen has worked with numerous Olympians in various sport disciplines advising on training for Maximal Human Performance and has an on-going relationship with the great runner and director of the NIKE Oregon Project, Alberto Salazar.

Dr. Stray-Gundersen led the first invasive anti-doping research at the World Championships in Lahti, Finland in 1985 and his work continues with the development and implementation of the SAFE Test — Safe and Fair Events — considered by some the most aggressive blood profiling test in the fight against cheating.

He has been an official physician/consultant of United States, Norwegian, and Canadian Olympic Teams, and an official member of over 15 World Championships and has served on International Medical Committees that include the International Olympic Committee, FIFA, International Biathlon Committee, International Ski Federation, and the International Skating Union. He has worked with the World Anti Doping Association (WADA) and the US Anti Doping Agency (USADA).

He leads Human Performance and Altitude Camps for Olympic Athletes, Masters Athletes, as well as Navy SEALs to optimize performance.

He has served on a number of International Medical Committees including the International Olympic Committee Medical Committee, the International Ski Federation Medical Committee, the International Biathlon Committee, International Skating Union, World Anti Doping Agency, the US Anti Doping Agency, FIFA, and NASA.

What Kind of Difference Can KAATSU Make?

Dr. Peter Lansbury, Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, knows from personal experience that KAATSU Training makes “a huge difference.”


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Can you imagine arthritis that is so bad that it hurts to even think about lifting your arm?

Not to mention double hip replacements and other issues.  But when the pain in your arm is so bad that you cannot even pour yourself a cup of coffee, you are not talking about heavy lifting.  Yet it might as well have been heavy lifting for Dr. Peter Lansbury.

Dr. Lansbury experienced KAATSU Training first hand, and he says without any hesitation that it made a huge difference for the relief of his arthritis. But the benefits of KAATSU Training extended even further in his case as the muscles which had atrophied in his right arm were restored. So not only is he able to raise his right arm pain-free, but the biceps and triceps muscles in his right arm have been restored through just two to three months of KAATSU Training.

A distinguished professor at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Lansbury would like to be able to pour himself a cup of coffee in the morning, but with or without his coffee, he had classes to teach.

Ouch!  What was that?

Better try again with the left hand, because even writing on the white board was out of the question.  That’s right.  Even raising his arm was accompanied by terrible pain.

Nevertheless, when you have severe arthritis, you take your medications and your figure out how to avoid movements which cause the pain to flare up.   Still, there is a cost for ruling out certain motions, and that cost is atrophy.  You know the old saying, “Use it or lose it.”

Well, this is exactly what was happening to Dr. Lansbury, because the muscles in his right arm had atrophied for lack of use.  Coupled with the need for an elbow replacement caused by extensive arthritis in his elbow, Dr. Lansbury’s interest in KAATSU Training was not that of an elite athlete, a body builder or even a normal, able-bodied individual looking for a more time-efficient way to exercise.

No.

Dr. Lansbury’s interest in KAATSU Training was for entirely different purposes.

The question, for Dr. Lansbury, was very simple:
“Could KAATSU Training really make a difference in cases of severe arthritis?”

The answer, from his own personal experience, was that KAATSU made a huge difference.

What is KAATSU AQUA?


Steven Munatones, President of KAATSU Global, Inc., presents KAATSU AQUA at the 10th Annual KAATSU International Symposium in October, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan.


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KAATSU Aqua is a proprietary, patented means to create a physiological state in training where the body replicates the intensity of competition.

KAATSU Aqua is used by competitive and fitness swimmers as well as water polo players and those recovering from injuries.

KAATSU Aqua are KAATSU Training Bands that can be used in the water for competitive swimmers, triathletes, water polo players, or those who do cross-training in the water.

KAATSU Aqua Bands are applied using the KAATSU Master unit in order to determine the optimal pressure for each individual. It is essential to workout or recover using the correct pressure.

KAATSU Aqua Bands are not tourniquets and they are only responsibly and safely used with the correct pressure.

When KAATSU bands are applied correctly (both in the proper position and with the optimal pressure which is different from everyone), arterial in-flow is restricted, deep venous out-flow is impeded, and the capillary-venous space becomes distended and congested in the muscle distal to the KAATSU Aqua bands.


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KAATSU Aqua Guidelines for Coaches and Athletes

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KAATSU Aqua In Layman’s Terms.
In layman’s terms, he limbs (either the arms or the legs) become engorged in blood, the palms and feet become pink, and the veins pop out somewhat.

Muscle contraction under these conditions of restricted and impeded blood flow and congested vascular space, uses up intracellular phosphates energy stores and oxygen at a rate greater than the circulation can replenish them.  Metabolic waste products accumulate.  Homeostasis in the active muscle is lost.

Consequently, as the tissue becomes more hypoxic and energy stores depleted, anaerobic glycolysis attempts to compensate by increasing its rate, which produces some ATP, but also produces a marked disturbance in muscle homeostasis, ultimately raising intracellular, interstitial and blood lactic acid concentrations.

In layman’s terms, the limbs feel like the end of a 200 butterfly or 400 individual medley or the end of any race. READ MORE

Dr. Lyle Nalli, DPM asks an important question…

“Why Can KAATSU Revolutionize Medical Care?”

This question pertains to the benefits of improved blood flow and circulation as vital factors in wound treatment, recovery time and potential cost reduction.

Dr. Lyle Nalli, DPM (Doctor of Podiatric Medicine) is a physician and surgeon of the foot and ankle.  Dr. Nalli attended the 10th Annual KAATSU International Symposium in Tokyo, Japan in October of 2014.


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Why KAATSU Can
Revolutionize Medical Care.

As one of the many benefits of KAATSU Training is improving circulation, it is very relevant, because the healing of wounds caused by diabetic foot ulcers is entirely dependent upon perfusion (i.e., blood flow to the area).

Dr. Lyle proposes that if KAATSU can improve vascularity and blood flow, then it can facilitate the healing process, because the healing process cannot occur unless there is adequate blood flow to the area.

As the time required for wounds to heal is reduced, direct and indirect costs may also be reduced substantially.

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Safe, Effective, and Easy-to-Adopt

As with any proposed effort to facilitate the healing process, the very first step is to demonstrate that it is:
(1) Safe, (2) Effective, and (3) Easy-to-Adopt

Given the premise that KAATSU, when it is done correctly, can meet these criteria very easily, KAATSU stands to revolutionize medical care.

Dr. Lyle Nalli, DPM, explained why improving blood flow (and the circulatory system in general) are vital factors in the healing of wounds caused by diabetic ulcers.  Not only do recovery times stand to improve, but the overall costs of treatment could also be reduced significantly.