Personalized Blood Flow Restriction Rehabilitation

August 28, 2021
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

UAMS - NW Campus
1125 N College Avenue
Fayetteville, AR 72703
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Personal Blood Flow Restriction Rehabilitation (BFR) is a paradigm shifting intervention for the rehabilitation professional with over 160 peer-reviewed articles in the scientific literature.  By applying a tourniquet briefly and intermittently to an exercising limb you can induce significant and substantial strength, hypertrophy  and endurance changes while using a very light load.

Purchase of the the FDA device listed tourniquet system specifically for Blood Flow Restriction Rehabilitation requires course certification.


Johnny G. Owens, MPT, is a former Chief of Human Performance Optimization at the Center for the Intrepid (CFI), which is part of the SAMMC-Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation (DOR).  JOhnny was at SAMMC for 10 years, treating service members suffering sever musculoskeletal trauma.  His successes included the application of regenerative medicine for volumetric soft tissue loss and REturn to Run Clinical Pathway, an internationally recognized rehabilitation program designed to combat delayed amputations and compliment a dynamic exoskeleton, the IDEO. He took part in numerous multi-center research projects involving regenerative medicine, sports medicine and rehabilitation of the combat casualty.

Johnny has been applying PBFR Training clinically since 2012 and credits the modality with significant strength recovery in more than 300 patients.  He has trained numerous NFL, NBS, NHL, MLB, NCAA teams and healthcare systems in PBFR Training.

Owens has been published extensively in the peer-reviewed literature and his work has been featured on 60 minutes, Time Magazine, the Discovery Channel and ESPN.


While we are not yet sure what the Covid protocols will be in August, all attendees should be prepared to wear a face mask to this course covering both your nose and mouth.  Cuffs will be cleaned inbetween use but we will also provide you with a sleeve to wear between your skin and the cuff.  Gloves will also be provided.  Labs will be conducted in groups of to limit chances for exposure.  We will require social distancing in the lecture hall.  These precautions are being taken for all our safety.

Lunch break is short so we will provide it for you.


PBFR Training has consistently demonstrated strength and hypertrophy gains vs controls and comparable gains to heavy load lifting.

  • Research suggests that low load resistance exercise (20-30% 1 RM) and low load aerobic exercise (<70 m/min walk training), which would not be expected to cause considerable increases in muscular quantity or quality under normal circumstances, when combined with BFR produce an exaggerated response for maximizing muscle strength and hypertrophy. 

  • Low-load resistance muscular training during moderate restriction of blood flow is an effective exercise for early muscular training after reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament.

  • In a study by Abe et al., they examined BFR cycling at 40% [email protected] Maz for 15 minutes compare to a control group that cycled for 45 minutes at 40% VO2 max without BFR.  Thigh and quad muscle volumes increased, extension strength increased, and VO2 max increased in the BFR group compared to the control group.


The exact mechanism behind the positive results seen with PBFR is still being extensively researched.  Theories range from a significant build-up of metabolites by anaerobic metabolism, a systemic anabolic response, and cellular swelling.  It is most likely a combination of multiple factors.  It does appear that muscle protein synthesis plays a significant role after PBFR as this has been consistently demonstrated in the literature.

 Clinically it has been applied to many diagnosis with very positive results including but not limited to total joint arthroplasties, Achilles tendon repairs, fractures, rotator cuff repairs, muscle strains, nerve injuries, post-opeartive cartilage arthroscopies and reconstructions, and tendinopathies.


  • Physical Therapists

  • Occupational Therapists

  • Physical Therapist Assistants (working with physical therapists who are certified in BFR)

  • Occupational Therapist Assistants

  • Athletic Trainers

  • DPT Students (certification can be obtained once you provide proof of licensure

  • OTD Students (certification can be obtained once you provide proof of licensure

  • MS-AT Students (certification can be obtained once you provide proof of licensure



The APTA Arkansas understands that emergencies happen and that plans change, therefore we have created policies to deal with requests for refunds on courses.

Refunds can be requested prior to attending a course sponsored by the Arkansas Physical Therapy Association, however if you have attended the course and received your CEUs no refund will be given.

Full refund will be provided if you cancel the course at least 10 business days before the course for any reason.  Full refunds can be obtained up to 5 business days before a course if an emergency has occurred.  After these deadlines you will only receive a 50% refund. 


Owens Recovery Science is a BOC approved provider for AT continuing education credits.

Physical Therapists/PT Assistants will earn 8.5 CME credits toward renewing licensure.

Athletic Trainers will earn 8.5 EBP credits toward renewing licensure.

Occupational Therapists/OT Assistants should earn 8.5 CME credits toward renewing licensure though ASMB does not pre-approve courses.


$550.00 APTA Member

$650.00 Non-Member

$450.00 DPT Student