Blood Flow Restriction (BFR)

Instructor/s Gerfred Greveling
Dates 12 June 2021
Max participants 36
Location Treviso, Italy
Certificate / Credits Yes / No ECM
Type of course Theoretical & Practical
Course features
Research & Evidence Based
Theoretical foundation
Hands-on/practical sessions
1 day of high quality learning content
Course in English with translation in Italian
Medical Doctors, Physical Therapists, Athletic Trainers, medicine, physiotherapy & athletic trainer students and professionals equivalent to PT’s can register for this course
Gerfred is a Dutch specialist in Sports Medicine related therapies and current General Manager at Careworx, Velsen Zuid, The Netherlands....
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Course program
  • 9:00AM-9:30AM

    Participants Registration

  • 9:30AM-9:50AM

    BFR history (expectations, learning model, science model)

  • 9:50AM-10:05AM

    HIT vs clinical use - BFR clinical case report #1: why BFR? (first experiences)

  • 10:05AM-11:10AM

    BFR essentials: from the Effects on Strenght with Low Load to Cell Swelling

  • 11:10AM-12:00PM

    BFR clinical case report #2

  • 12:00PM-12:30PM

    Safety indications (clotting and contraindications)

  • 12:30PM-1:15PM

    PRACTICAL SESSION: Applying BFR with cuffs and devices (BFR lab)

  • 1:15PM-2:15PM


  • 2:15PM-2:25PM

    Proper methods to test and basic practical therapy indications for BFR: sessions per week, why slow movement, the everyday use of BFR

  • 2:25PM-2:35PM

    Load management with BFR

  • 2:35PM-3:10PM

    PRACTICAL SESSION: The Dutch experience: clinical reasoning and interactive questions with guidelines for BFR rehabilitation (BFR lab)

  • 3:10PM-4:00PM

    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

  • 4:00PM-4:15PM

    coffee break

  • 4:15PM-5:50PM

    PRACTICAL SESSION: ‘Get the feeling’ with BFR practical applications (BFR lab): group practice with different BFR tasks

  • 5:50PM-6:00PM

    Conclusions and take-home messages

  • 6:00PM

    End of the course

Course description

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.

Learning Objectives

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.