Blood Flow Restriction Training

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Blood Flow Restriction Training

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2 Hours 49 Minutes

Presented by: Trent Nessler

Earn 2 hours of CE (ProCert approved) and take the lead on blood flow restriction when you learn from our experts. Course focuses on evidence-based research and proven clinical protocols and features an interactive app with regular updates. Online library links to 500+ clinical studies and articles.

Kevin E. Wilk, DPT, PT, FAPTA, Champion Sports Medicine
Trent Nessler, DPT, Director of Innovation Select Medical
Bobby Maximus, Men's Health Trainer of the Year 2016
Nick Tumminello, NSCA Trainer of the Year 2016

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Instructor(s) Trent Nessler
Continuing Education State(s) Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Puerto Rico

Prerequisites - None
Internet Connection - High Speed Bandwidth >1.4 mbps
Computer or mobile device


Run Time: 3 hours (including Test)

Instructional Level: Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants, Athletic Trainers, Occupational Therapists, M.D.’s and Students

Examination: Yes

Requirements: Personal Computer, Tablet, or Smartphone with access to Broadband Internet (<1.4 mbps)

Course Evaluation: Yes

Certificate of Completion: Yes

Workbook/Handout: Yes

Course App: The course includes an app downloadable via iTunes, and the Play Store. Also cloud-based access for personal computers

  • Full motion demonstrations
  • More than 45 minutes of protocol demonstrations from recognized experts in rehabilitation, fitness, and more
  • Searchable online database with more than 1,000 Case Studies and Articles
  • Discount code for the in-person course
  • Discount code for BFR equipment
  • Supplementation information on hydration, supplementation, nutrition, breathing, psychology


Learning / Behavioral Objectives:

Upon completion of the course, the participant will be able to:

  • Compare the benefits of BFRT to the use of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) for a patient with limited mobility following ACL surgery.
  • Propose an integrated return-to-play protocol with at least 4 BFRT exercises for a post-surgical patient following ACL surgery using BFR.
  • Theorize the expected outcomes when using BFR protocols for elderly patients with muscle disuse.
  • Design a strength and conditioning protocol using 4 BFRT exercises for female volleyball players using BFRT.
  • Propose 3 changes using BFRT to an existing non-BFRT rehabilitation protocol for a patient with shoulder pain by supplementing with BFRT.
  • Using case study evidence, evaluate measured CSA and strength gains for a patient in their early 20’s based on chemical mechanisms produced by BFRT.
  • Design a comprehensive patient/athlete intake questionnaire as part of an Informed Consent form based on evidence and local board requirements.

This evidence-based, equipment agnostic online course taught by Trent Nessler, DPT discusses the origins of blood flow restriction and identifies the metabolic mechanisms activated through the use of more than thirty case studies. The presentation combines lecture with presentation, audio, images, and videos.

Participants will learn not only the science behind BFRT, but also understand proper application for rehabilitation, performance enhancement, development of hypertrophy, and use in at-risk populations through demonstrations of actual BFRT protocols.

Drawn from research that includes more than 600 case studies and articles, the presentation discusses the contraindications, side effects, and instructs participants in how to screen potential patients and develop an Informed Consent document that focuses on the safe application of BFRT allowing participants to make informed decisions when choosing BFRT equipment and protocols.

FDA regulations and guidelines are addressed focusing on actual requirements and debunking false requirements that have been spread by vendors of BFRT equipment. APTA, BOC and ACA definitions, requirements, and guidance are discussed. Participants will also receive instruction in identifying the quality of research in case studies using Sacketts Hierarchy as a guide.



Length:  3 hours 4 minutes (including Test)

Presentation Agenda:
12 min  Introduction, Background, FDA, APTA, BOC, ACA

22 min  Factors, Equipment, Cuff Width, Cuff Placement

36 min  Physiological Response, Chemical Impact, Case Studies

24 min  Intensity, Frequency, Active Ingredients, Results

12 min  Business Considerations, Equipment, ROI, Additional Resources

18 min  How BFR is being used, Considerations, Dr. Google

15 min  Protocols for Upper Body, Back Issues, Lower Body

15 min  Protocols for Rehabilitation

15 min  Protocols for General Fitness

15 min  Test

Course Evaluation
Certificate of Completion


Course Approvals/Certifications:

  • ProCert has awarded certification in the amount of 2 Continuing Competence Units (CCUs) to this activity for PTs and PTAs.
    CCUs are a unit of relative value of an activity based on its evaluation against a rigorous and comprehensive set of standards representing the quality of an activity. The CCU determination is a valuation applying many factors including, but not limited to, duration of the activity. No conclusion should be drawn that CCUs correlate to time (e.g. hours).
  • Northeast Seminars (BOC AP#P498) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for a maximum of 3 Category A hours/CEUs.  ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.
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