Blood Flow Restriction Training

This is a Non CE Course
with a duration of 1 Hour(s)

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This course will introduce you to the new and exciting training modality, Blood Flow Restriction Training (BFRT). Blood Flow Restriction Training is the brief and intermittent occlusion of both arterial and venous blood flow using a tourniquet while exercising at low intensities. Restricting the blood flow using a medical-grade tourniquet has been shown in scientific studies to be both safe and effective. A significant benefit of BFRT is building strength and muscle size while using light weights or resistance bands. For this reason, BFRT is a great strategy for those who cannot lift heavy weights, like the elderly or those recuperating from and injury but still want the benefits of high-intensity training. Visit for more information. Please see course preview on bottom of this page!


  • Describe Blood Flow Restriction and its application in rehab and performance
  • List devices and equipment needed
  • Identify exercises for upper or lower body
  • State how BFRT can be used along the continuum of re-surgical preparation to improving performance (and everything in-between)
  • Explain red or yellow flags and contraindications

Course Outline: (1 hour)
Introduction to Blood Flow Restriction Training – 8 min
Equipment needed for BFR – 1 min
Measuring limb (demonstration) – 3 min
Applying cuff Upper Body – 3 min
Demonstration of how much pressure to use – 2 min
Ischemic Preconditioning – 10 min
Cellular Swelling Lower Body – 7 min
Cellular Swelling Upper Body – 4 min
Isolated Exercise Upper Body demonstration – 7 min
Isolated Exercise Lower Body demonstration – 5 min
Treadmill application – 1 min
Risk Categories, Contraindications – 8 min
Case Study – 7 min

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Ed Le Cara, DC, Phd, MBA, ATCEd Le Cara, DC, Phd, MBA, ATC

Ed has been helping people overcome pain and return to activities for over 20 years. He currently practices full time in his multi-disciplinary clinic, Body Lounge Park Cities, located in Dallas, Texas. When not seeing patients, he helps health and fitness professionals bridge the gap between available scientific literature and practical application. To learn more about Ed, please go to this website at or follow on social channels: Instagram: Ed Le Cara, Twitter: edlecara, Facebook: Ed Le Cara, PhD