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Strength & Conditioning Journal:
doi: 10.1097/SSC.0000000000000021
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The Muscle Pump: Potential Mechanisms and Applications for Enhancing Hypertrophic Adaptations

Schoenfeld, Brad J. PhD, CSCS, CSPS, NSCA-CPT1; Contreras, Bret MA2

Section Editor(s): Sorace, Paul MS, RCEP, CSCS*D

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Abstract

ABSTRACT: CELLULAR SWELLING, OFTEN REFERRED TO AS “THE PUMP,” HAS BEEN SHOWN TO MEDIATE INCREASES IN MUSCLE PROTEIN SYNTHESIS AND DECREASED PROTEIN DEGRADATION. THIS PAPER WILL EXPLORE THE POTENTIAL HYPERTROPHIC BENEFITS ASSOCIATED WITH THE PUMP AND DISCUSS PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS FOR RESISTANCE TRAINING PROGRAM DESIGN.

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