Course Time: 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Instructor: Rob Marsico
Location: Chester, Pennsylvania
One University Pl, Chester, PA 19013
Lab 201 in Academic Center North, Widener University, Chester, PA 19013
For additional details such as eligibility requirements, CE approvals, and a course outline, please see the table below!
Professional Package + Course Bundle
This 8 band Blood Flow Restriction Professional Pack is ideal for therapists who work with multiple clients. The package contains a range of BFR bands to accommodate limb sizes between 7 - 29 in (18 - 73.5cm).
Individual Package + Course Bundle
This 4 band Blood Flow Restriction Individual Package is ideal for the budget minded clinician looking to get started with BFR and add additional band sizes in the future. 3 different size combinations available below. Individual Package 3 is the most common.
- HawkGrips is recognized by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education for 8 category A CEUs for certified Athletic Trainers (ATCs). ATCs are responsible for claiming only those hours actually spent participating in the CE act.
- HawkGrips is recognized by the PACE program of the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards. The following state boards of chiropractic examiners accept courses that have been approved by PACE: AK, ID, IN, IA, KS, ME, MD, MA, MN, MO, NE, NV, NJ, NC, ND, OH, OR, RI, SC, SD, TN, UT, VT, VA, WA, WY, PR.
- HawkGrips does not have pre-approval for Occupational Therapists for this course. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions on whether or not your state needs pre-approval, if you can self-submit, or any other questions.
- This course is subcontracted to Redefine Health Education (RHE) for CE credit. RHE has reviewed and approved all components of this curriculum to ensure it meets requirements In the states listed below.
- This course is approved for 8 hours for PTs and PTAs in the following states: HawkGrips is approved to provide continuing education for Physical Therapist. AL, AK, AR, AZ, CO, DE, GA, HI, ID, IN, IA, KA, KY, MA, MD, MI, MS, MO, MN, MT, NE, NH, ND, NJ, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY.
RHE is a registered CE approval agency of the PT Board of California, a rule approved CE provider of the PT Board of Florida (#50-32784), a licensed CE sponsor of physical therapy continuing education by the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR #216.000360) an approved CE provider of the PT Board of Oklahoma (#BAP202310010) and recognized by the New York State Education Department's Board for Physical Therapy as an approved sponsor of PT/PTA continuing education. Courses approved by other state boards and APTA chapters will be accepted for licensure credit, pursuant to the regulations listed in the upper lefthand corner of the certificate granted upon completion of the course. If you have a specific question about CEU credit in your state, please direct your inquiry including the course title to email@example.com
*If you are a Florida licensee, this is the CE Broker approval# for this course is 20-900688
*This course is accepted by many professional credentialing organizations and state professional regulatory boards. Rules and regulations change frequently without notification, and apply differently to live and online courses. Please check with your state board to confirm course approval of contact hours. Certificate of Attendance will be issued to all participants upon completion of the course and may be used for CEU verification of credits. CE credits vary by state. Please check with your state board/certifying agency to confirm conversion of contact hours to CE.
This 8-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 hands-on instruction 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 supervised lab sessions. They will be exposed to exercise protocols and provided with resources to ensure safe training. In order to be certified in HawkGrips BFR, attendees will be required to pass a 20 question exam with a passing score of 70% at the conclusion of the course.
BFR is gaining popularity within the rehabilitation setting as its ability to increase muscle strength and size very quickly is well documented. BFR has also been shown to improve nervous system function, bone mineral density, and overall vascular health to name a few other benefits that are very applicable to individuals undergoing formal physical therapy. This course is appropriate for Physical Therapy Professionals as it addresses rehabilitation strategies for individuals seeking a safer way to increase muscle strength.
- Registration (30 minutes – Non CEU Contact Hours)
- This time allows for participants to sign in, claim purchased equipment, and pick up supplemental seminar materials.
- Welcome and Introduction to BFR (15 minutes – CEU Contact Hours)
- Participants will be introduced to the instructor and each other. Instructor will provide very general overview of BFR and highlight topics to be covered.
- History of BFR and Literature Review (45 minutes – CEU Contact Hours)
- Instructor will educate participants on BFR’s origins in Japan, testing and development of concept, and provide a review of current research. Instructor will provide education in critical appraisal of research identifying current strengths and weaknesses.
- Applications of BFR (60 minutes – CEU Contact Hours)
- 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.
- Break (15 minutes – Non CEU Contact Hours)
- Mechanisms of BFR (45 minutes – CEU Contact Hours)
- 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 (60 minutes – CEU Contact Hours)
- 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 (30 minutes – CEU Contact Hours)
- 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.
- Lunch (60 minutes – Non CEU Contact Hours)
- Efficacy Demonstrations and Practice (30 minutes – CEU Contact Hours)
- Participants with perform bilateral lightweight exercise with band around one extremity and not the other. They will be able to experience 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 (90 minutes – CEU Contact Hours)
- Participants will simulate a clinical scenario of their choice with a partner. They will analyze and choose appropriate exercise protocols and band inflation pressures. They will role play: each performing and coaching at least one upper extremity exercise set, one lower extremity exercise set, and one total body exercise set.
- Break (15 minutes – Non CEU Contact Hours)
- B Strong App and Q & A (45 minutes – CEU Contact Hours)
- 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 practical sessions.
- Exam and Closing (60 minutes – CEU Contact Hours)
In order to become certified in HawkGrips BFR, participants must pass exam with at least a 70%. Opportunity will be given to re-take the exam, but no more than three opportunities will be allowed. Participants will be presented with questions for self reflection. Instructor will close with summarizing key take home points.
7:30 - 8:00 AM Registration
8:00 - 8:15 AM Welcome and Introduction to BFR
8:15 - 9:00 AM History of BFR and Literature Review
9:00 - 10:00 AM Applications of BFR
10:00 - 10:15 AM Break
10:15 - 11:00 AM Mechanisms of BFR
11:00 - 12:00 PM Safety and Efficacy of BFR
12:00 - 12:30 PM Safety Demonstrations and Practice
12:30 - 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 - 2:00 PM Efficacy Demonstrations and Practice
2:00 -3:30 PM Upper Extremity Exercise, Lower Extremity Exercise, and Total Body Exercise
3:30 - 3:45 PM Break
3:45 - 4:30 PM B Strong App and Q & A
4:30 - 5:30 PM Exam and Closing
At the completion of this program the participant will be able to:
- Describe how the design of B Strong BFR bands doesn’t cause arterial occlusion.
- Explain the benefits of Blood Flow Restriction Training.
- Explain the mechanisms of Blood Flow Restriction Training.
- Correctly list at least 4 of the precautions and contraindications to B Strong BFR as presented in the course.
- Compare the 5 differences between utilizing a wide rigid cuff versus a narrow elastic cuff as presented in the course.
- Plan an upper extremity, lower extremity, and total body exercise program for a client using BFR Training.