This course is approved for up to 7 CEUs (including pre course assignments). Click here for number of CEUs approved for your state.
This live, 4-hour course covers the skills necessary to safely and effectively implement Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) Training. The course is set up in a “learn by doing” format in which participants will receive virtual instruction to perform supervised hands-on demonstrations in the proper use of BFR Equipment and Training. After understanding the history, research, physiology, and implications for use, attendees will put this in to practice in virtual supervised lab sessions. They will be exposed to exercise protocols and provided with resources to ensure safe training. After completing the virtual portion of the course, attendees will take a 1 hour exam for a certification in HawkGrips Blood Flow Restriction.
At the completion of this program, the participant will be able to:
1. Describe how the design of B Strong BFR bands doesn’t cause arterial occlusion.
2. Explain the benefits of Blood Flow Restriction Training.
3. Explain the mechanisms of Blood Flow Restriction Training.
4. Correctly list at least 4 of the precautions and contraindications to B Strong BFR as presented in the course.
5. Compare the 5 differences between utilizing a wide rigid cuff versus a narrow elastic cuff as presented in the course.
6. Plan an upper extremity, lower extremity, and total body exercise program for a client using BFR Training.
Who Should Attend+
In order to attend a HawkGrips BFR course, each attendee must meet all of the following criteria:
1. Completed a minimum of 80 course hours of anatomy and physiology
2. Have a working knowledge of the musculoskeletal system and relevant physiology
3. Be able within the scope of professional practice to do assessments by evaluating and/or diagnosing injuries and conditions
4. Have achieved or is a student in their junior or senior year (transcripts required) working towards one or more of the following credentials: ATC, CHT, CLT, DC, DO, DOM, MD, MT, ND, OT, OTA, PT, PTA, RN.
For other relevant credentials please contact HawkGrips to verify eligibility.
Welcome and Review of Pre-Course Material for BFR
• Participants will be introduced to the instructor and each other. Instructor will provide very general overview of BFR and highlight topics to be covered, and review what was included in the pre-course.
Applications of BFR
• Participants will learn about the many applications of BFR, which can be applied to a wide demographic range. They will understand in detail how it can be used as an adjunct to standard training, maintaining fitness during rehabilitation, and in other situations when traditional heavy lifting isn’t possible. Case studies will be shared demonstrating its global impact on many of the body’s systems.
Mechanisms of BFR
• Instructor will review anatomy and physiology behind the local and systemic mechanisms that occur as a result of BFR. Vascular effects, disruption of homeostasis, and anabolic response of BFR will be reviewed.
Safety and Efficacy of BFR
• Body regions and specific tools selected to highlight large surface – broad strokes
• Indications and contraindications for BFR training along with research supporting the safety of BFR training will be reviewed and discussed as a group. Participants will understand impacts of cuff design on BFR and how it will alter overall blood pressure. Instructor will also educate participants on the impact BFR has on muscle, nerve, bone, tendon, and vasculature.
Safety Demonstrations and Practice
• Participants will see and understand that B Strong BFR causes no arterial occlusion with maximal inflation. Participants will compare B Strong to a rigid cuff at rest and with exercise. Additional topics of doppler ultrasound and limb occlusion pressure will be discussed.
Efficacy Demonstrations and Practice
• Participants will observe the instructor perform bilateral lightweight exercise with band around one extremity and not the other. Participants who have BFR cuffs at home will be able to do the same (though not required). They will be able to observe and understand the disturbance of homeostasis and gain a better understanding of the effect restriction has on the musculoskeletal system with exercise.
Upper Extremity, Lower Extremity, and Total Body Exercise
• The instructor will demonstrate for the attendees specific exercise protocols. They will analyze and understand correct band inflation pressures. .They will perform at least one upper extremity exercise set, one lower extremity exercise set, and one total body exercise set with instructor supervision and direction.
B Strong App/Q and A
• Instructor will walk participants through utilizing the B Strong App personally or for clients. Time will also be given to ask questions based on what was learned during lecture or demonstration sessions. Instructor will close with summarizing key take home points.