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Blood Flow Restriction Training (BFRT)

What is Blood Flow Restriction Training?

Blood Flow Restriction Training (BFRT) is a training modality where hemodynamic (blood flow) patterns are altered while exercising at very low loads/intensities. By doing so, very similar musculoskeletal and cardiovascular adaptations occur just as with high intensity strength and cardiovascular training.

By altering and restricting blood flow patterns, there is less oxygen and nutrients available to bring to the muscle as well as remove waste products.  This creates an imbalance in homeostasis within the body where the muscle fibers fatigue and the body recruits additional muscle fibers to continue to exercise.

The brain senses this distress and initiates autonomic and hormonal responses in an attempt to reestablish homeostasis and adapt to the exercise.  Growth hormone and other anabolic hormones (IGF-I) are released into the blood stream in an effort to build tissue that have been working hard or under a great deal of metabolic stress.

This type of training is advantageous to a wide spectrum of individuals from adolescents to the elderly as well as from the healthy to the injured.  The hormonal response that BFR creates can be helpful in building muscle strength, size, endurance, as well as tissue healing capabilities.  It has also shown to be beneficial in improving neurological, vascular, and bone health without exposing the body to excessively heavy loads. 

Why take the course?

  • Surgeons are requesting BFR for patients
  • Fully understand and apply the science behind BFR
  • Speed up recovery and rehab time
  • Enhance muscular strength and endurance with minimal muscle damage
  • Add another tool to your training toolbox
  • Enhance protocol and programming development
  • Diminish injury occurrence and reoccurrence
  • Set yourself apart in the field
    TE provides a full comprehensive program

Who should take the course?

  • Physical Therapists and PTAs
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Strength and Conditioning Coaches
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Chiropractors
  • Personal Trainers
  • Occupational Therapists and OTAs

Brief overview of course:

  • History of the modality
  • Review of muscular strength/hypertrophy physiology
  • BFR mechanisms and physiology
  • Safety and Efficacy of BFR
  • BFR Devices
  • Research and Practical Applications
  • Demonstrations and active sessions throughout course
  • Intro to protocol development