Blood Flow Restriction Training: Description and Applications

Description: This webinar will provide an overview of the physiology and potential benefits of blood flow restriction (BFR) training. BFR Has been used on individuals with osteoarthritis, sarcopenia and  postoperative rehabilitation of ACL tears. A description of the various methods of BFR training will also be provided as well as an overview of the evidence of BFR for a variety of musculoskeletal disorders. Finally, an overview of potential adverse effects and contraindications to BFR will be covered.

Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the physiology of blood flow restriction training
  • Identify potential applications of BFR
  • Summarize evidence or lack thereof of BFR for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions
  • Identify potential adverse effects and contraindications

Instructor: Matthew Santa Barbara, MD, Sports Medicine Fellow Physician, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab 

Audience: Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants and Athletic Trainers

Note: You will have 3 months from the date of purchase to complete and review the course material. You will receive a reminder email 2 weeks before the expiration date. 

Continuing Education Credits

 Physical Therapy 

This course has been approved by the Illinois Physical Therapy Board for 1 Contact Hour. Approval #216-000069.

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education. This course has been approved for 1 contact hour.

Occupational Therapy 

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an approved provider for the American Occupational Therapy Association to offer continuing education in occupational therapy. This intermediate level program awards occupational therapists 0.1 CEUs or 1 contact hour. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Category 2: OT Process-Intervention

Athletic Training

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (BOC Approved Provider Number: P794) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for a maximum of 1.0 Category A hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program. According to the education levels described by the PDC, this continuing education course is considered to be Essential Level.

Basic Computer Requirements: You will need access to a computer with an Internet connection. High speed broadband access (LAN, Cable or DSL) is highly recommended.

  • PC: Compatible Operating System: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 Web Browser: Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer 10 or higher
  • MAC: Compatible Operating System: OS X Web Browser: Firefox, Chrome, Safari

Cancellation Policy: To request a cancellation of an on-demand program, please provide written notice by letter, email, or fax or contact us by phone within 24 hours of placing your order and we will refund you the full course fee. If you cannot give notice within 24 hours, a credit towards a future course of equal value would apply.


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