Blood Flow Restriction Therapy/Training
(BFRT)

The Blood Flood Restriction Therapy Certification program (BFRT) is the first certificate program that offers an evidence-based, equipment agnostic look at the application of blood flow restriction for use in therapy, training, and strength and conditioning.

 

The APTA defines Blood Flow Restriction Therapy as follows:  


“BFRT is achieved through the application of external pressure over the extremities. The applied pressure is sufficient to maintain arterial inflow while occluding venous outflow distal to the occlusion site. The goal is to enable patients to make greater strength gains while lifting lighter loads, thereby reducing the overall stress placed on the limb.”
 

The proper application of BFRT requires a basic knowledge of anatomy, the cardio-pulmonary system, endocrinology, and skeletal-muscular structure. It also required advanced training in the proper application of BFRT based on predetermined outcomes.

The program consists of three modules;

  • 9-hours of online didactic material

  • 7-hours of hands-on via Interactive Video - (Reserve you seat - limited to 30 per broadcast)

  • Submitted Case Study and Online Exam

Who should register for this class;   
Physical Therapists, PTAs, Surgeons, MD's, Chiropractors, Occupational Therapists, Athletic Trainers, 
Strength and Conditioning Coaches

Continuing Education credits;   17 hours ProCert, NSCA, NATA, TCPT


Faculty
Our faculty consists of leading experts in Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, including the use of BFR. 

These experts include;


Lonnie Paulos, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon, Author, Inventor, Speaker, Researcher
Trent Nessler, PT, MPT, DPT, Physical Therapist, Lecturer, Inventor and all around nice guy....
Robert Taylor, CSCS, *D, CCS, PES, CES, CSES, NSCA-CPT, *D, NSPA-CPT 

-BFRT Program Objectives

The onsite live lab allows participants to use BFRT under guided instruction.  Protocols based on years of BFRT application are shown.  Participants not only apply BFRT, they also receive BFRT from fellow participants.  This setting allows participants to not only apply BFRT, but also to receive BFRT Therapy in order to better understand the role of the clinician and participant in optimizing proper treatment. Instructions include the use of body-weight, manual manipulation, CLX Therabands, and equipment normally found in clinics and gyms.

  • Introduction and Review of BFRT I:  Online Coursework

  • Regulations, Professional Requirements

  • Review and Discussion of Contraindications and Side Effects

  • Demonstration of Proper Placement of BFRT, Observation, Interrogation, Pulse, Capillary Refill

  • Demonstration of BFRT Fatigue State, Participants apply to each other in Contralateral to Experience Effect

  • Demonstration and Application of BFR for Rehab Upper and Lower Extremities

  • Demonstration and Application of BFR in Strength and Conditioning - Return to Play

  • Demonstration and Application of BFR in Athletic Performance

  • Demonstration and Application of BFR for "At-Risk" and Osteoarthritis Patients

  • Interactive Q&A

BFRT I:  Online Didactic - 9.0 hours

Taught by recognized experts, the online portion of the course familiarizes the participant with the science behind BFRT.  The agenda includes anatomy of the cardiopulmonary  system, endocrine system, and musculoskeletal system. Participants will achieve a basic, working knowledge of the various factors that contribute to the successful application of BFRT.  They will be able to explain these factors to others including  professionals, patients, and clients.

 

They will understand contraindications and side effects of BFRT not only post-surgery, but also in non-surgical application, strength and conditioning, and fitness.

 

Online Topics Include:

 

  • An Introduction to BFRT 

  • Discussion of Regulatory Issues

  • The Cardiopulmonary system

  • Endocrinology

  • The Musculoskeletal system

  • Types of BFRT Equipment

  • Safety, Contraindications, Effects

  • The Business of BFRT

  • A Review of Research

  • BFRT in Rehabilitation

  • BFRT in Strength and Fitness

  • An Introduction to Protocols

  • BFRT and Related Modalities

BFRT II:  Lab 7.0 hours - (Hands-on lab via interactive video - 30 participants max per group)

The lab allows participants to use BFRT under guided instruction.  Protocols based on years of BFRT application are shown.  Participants not only apply BFRT, they also receive BFRT from fellow participants.  This setting allows participants to not only apply BFRT, but also to receive BFRT Therapy in order to better understand the role of the clinician and participant in optimizing proper treatment. Instructions include the use of body weight, manual manipulation, CLX Therabands, and equipment normally found in clinics and gyms.

 

Agenda

 

  • Introduction and Review of BFRT I:  Online Coursework

  • Regulations, Professional Requirements

  • Review and Discussion of Contraindications and Side Effects

  • Demonstration of Proper Placement of BFRT, Observation, Interrogation, Pulse, Capillary Refill

  • Demonstration of BFRT Fatigue State, Participants apply to each other in Contralateral to Experience Effect

  • Demonstration and Application of BFR for Rehab Upper and Lower Extremities

  • Demonstration and Application of BFR in Strength and Conditioning - Return to Play

  • Demonstration and Application of BFR in Athletic Performance

  • Demonstration and Application of BFR for "At-Risk" and Osteoarthritis Patients

  • Interactive Q&A

BFRT III:  Case Study and Online Exam

Participants are required to submit one case study on a subject of their choosing. The case study should span at least 4 weeks and 3 applications per week minimum.

 

Participants must take a one-hour test and pass with at least 70% correct answers. Participants may retake the test until they achieve a passing score.

The App

The program includes a proprietary app that is available in-the-cloud, in iTunes, and from The Play Store.

 

The app includes class materials, instructional videos, forms, live video streaming, interactive subject forum, and supplemental materials and topics.

 

It also includes the only indexed, searchable database of BFR Case studies and articles drawing from more than 1,400 references.

 

 

 

Bibliography

 

The indexed online research database of more than 1,400 Case Studies and Articles serves as the basis of the course. Care is taken to identify studies that have higher scores on the Sacketts Scale.

 

The course draws heavily on Case Studies with more than 2 hours devoted to covering a wide variety of topics

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