Blood Flow Restriction (BFR)
BFR history (expectations, learning model, science model)
HIT vs clinical use - BFR clinical case report #1: why BFR? (first experiences)
BFR essentials: from the Effects on Strenght with Low Load to Cell Swelling
BFR clinical case report #2
Safety indications (clotting and contraindications)
PRACTICAL SESSION: Applying BFR with cuffs and devices (BFR lab)
Proper methods to test and basic practical therapy indications for BFR: sessions per week, why slow movement, the everyday use of BFR
Load management with BFR
PRACTICAL SESSION: The Dutch experience: clinical reasoning and interactive questions with guidelines for BFR rehabilitation (BFR lab)
PRACTICAL SESSION: BFR applications (BFR lab): ACL rehab, Tendon/bone rehab, Achilles tendon rehab (BFR clinical case report #3), Post-game recovery strategies, In season strength management, Return To Sport, Sarcopenia and Future applications
PRACTICAL SESSION: ‘Get the feeling’ with BFR practical applications (BFR lab): group practice with different BFR tasks
Conclusions and take-home messages
End of the course
Current American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) guidelines recommend that individuals perform resistance training at a load of minimal 65% of 1RPM to achieve strength and hypertrophy gains. In rehabilitation or directly after surgery, patients are not allowed and often contraindicated to rehab and exercise with such loads.
Research effects on a proper use and safe application of Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) Training already proved that individuals gain mass and strength of muscles greater than work matched controls and similar to high load training while utilizing very low loads as 20-30% of 1RPM. This outcome is very useable for rehabilitation purposes in general and still expanding in its use.
Hands-on practical lab sessions are built in to instruct a safe procedure for the health professionals and/or educated performance trainers in sports.
This course will give an insight of:
- the physiologic effects of BFR Training
- the research validation
- the research and clinical implementation both theoretically and practically
- clinical reasoning
- the safety procedures
Clinicians will be prepared to understand and utilize BFR Training both in theory and practice. There will be an introduction to the use of BFR in clinical settings to improve and restore strength and hypertrophy of the muscles quickly and safely after surgery or injury, mitigate the muscle atrophy due to disuse, and avoid under- and overload problems with very low loads.
The course participants will be introduced to the science and mechanisms behind the use of BFR. The practical use of BFR and clinical reasoning on why and how to use BFR will be accreditated to certify in healthcare a safe use of the technique itself and a safe clinical use.
The user will be able to exclude possible medical contraindications. Performance skills will be demonstrated and practiced during the lab session.
Potential fields of the BFR Training use (e.g. bone healing, ACL rehabilitation, tendinopathy, etc.) will be examined on a theoretical basis then through experienced with extensive practical sessions so that the course participants will be able to apply the BFR technique safely on a client/patient from the following day. A complete list of highly ranked literature references will be sent to the students ahead of the course. The content of the articles will be needed as background knowledge during the course presentations.