Introduction to Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) Training

- Author/Presenter Jim Stray-Gundersen, MD
- 1 hour, 15 minutes
- NASM, BOC, & AFAA Approved CEUs
- 60-day Course Access from date of purchase


NASM, BOC, & AFAA approval

CEUs: 0.1 NASM, 1 BOC, 1 AFAA

B Strong is approved by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, Board of Certification, and Athletics and Fitness Association of America to offer continuing education to Certified Athletic Trainers.

Post-purchase, the course is available for 60-days via the B Strong learning management system.

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Course Objectives

  • Discuss the history and evolution of BFR training
  • Explain the benefits of Blood Flow Restriction Training
  • Discuss the local and systemic mechanisms of Blood Flow Restriction Training
  • List the indications and contraindications for BFR Training for Elastic versus Rigid BFR systems

Course Description

This course is designed to introduce practitioners to the use of blood flow restriction as a therapeutic intervention. There are many types of blood flow restriction devices that are used in rehabilitation and strength and conditioning, yet some can cause more harm than good. This course will teach the practitioner the physiological benefits of blood flow restriction training as well as the safety mechanisms that must occur in order to best deliver the desired effects from application of various restrictive bands.

Athletic trainers use many methods to improve strength, power, and proprioception. These approaches are useful, yet can leave the patient with increased muscle soreness, and slow strength gains, and only focus on strengthening a singular body part at a time. Elastic blood flow restriction bands used as an adjunct to standardized fitness and strength training elicits a robust physiological systemic response that improves strength and fitness in a shorter amount of time with improved patient outcomes. Athletic trainers need to understand the physiology of muscle training and the application of elastic blood flow restriction bands cause a metabolic crisis that leads to up regulating protein synthesis and the recruitment of additional motor units. Neuro-Immune and endocrine responses are also amplified. The application of elastic blood flow restriction bands allows the patient to use lighter weight, with less muscle damage, while at the same time, eliciting a more advanced anabolic response. Over time the patient progresses faster and stays more holistically fit while improving strength gains. Athletic trainers must learn the physiological responses to elastic BFR application, efficacy, indications, and contra-indications of this rehabilitation adjunct to improve patient goals and outcomes.


Todd Bauer Owner of Optimal Health Alliance
The B Strong course was very informative, and easy to comprehend. It was nice to see the quantifiable data and comparisons to why it’s the leading product on the market for restricted blood flow training.
Anna Nemeckay Personal Trainer
"B Strong BFR Training makes my job easier, and my clients yield faster results! It makes me better at what i do"
Richard Hodish Chiropractic Physician
"I really enjoyed the content. The flow was good and seemed well organized. I learned quite a bit, even though I've been using the B Strong system for a year."



Course Authored and Developed by leading BFR expert Jim Stray-Gundersen, MD, based on his thousands of applications for various populations from the Olympian looking to make the podium, to the senior looking to improve daily life.


This course is designed for Personal Trainers, Strength and Conditioning Coaches, Athletic Trainers, Pilates Instructors, Yoga instructors, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Chiropractors and Medical Doctors, Athletes, Consumers.

To the trainer, coach, physical therapist….
Be at the forefront of care and education
Get the latest technology to deliver top-notch care and results to your clients and/or patients

To the athlete…
Maximize Performance. Minimize damage
Use science-based protocols for efficient, effective training
Perform stronger, endure longer, finish faster
Recover faster, extend your career

To the active ager…
Fight the effects of aging
Extend your healthspan
Build strength, achieve a strong body to stay healthfully vibrant in your 40s, 50s, 60s, and beyond

To the injured…
Get back, ahead of the curve
Get rid of the pain
Get back, ahead of the curve
Get rid of the pain

B Strong Co-Founder, Sports Scientist and Olympic Physician Explains Blood Flow Restrictive Training, Its Application and Anti Aging Mechanisms