Johhny Owens, MPT: Personalized Blood Flow Restriction Rehabilitation

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Johhny Owens, MPT

Personalized Blood Flow Restriction Rehabilitation 

Saturday Novermber, 4th  8:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Location: Bridgeside Point 1

 100 Technology Drive

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

1st Floor Classroom

Price: $500

All proceeds from this course will be donated to the Foundation for Physical Therapy as part of the Mercer-Marquette Challenge.


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Course Description

This is a certification course and requires a medical license to become fully certified, however students may attend and will be in a hold status until they pass licensure

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.

Key Content Areas:

1. Introduction to Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) Training

2. Evidence for Strength and Hypertrophy with BFR

3. Mechanism

4. Metabolite Theory

a. Lactate Production

b. Increased Muscle Activation

c. Growth Hormone Production

d. Insulin Like Growth Factor

e. Down Regulation of Myostatin

f. Muscle Protein Synthesis

5. Cell Swelling

6. The Middle Ground: Cylcing, Walking and Endurance with BFR

7. BFR and Bone

8. Proximal Effects

9. Safety

a. Muscle Damage and BFR

b. Cardiac and Vascular Effects of BFR

10. Rehabilitation Studies

11. Rehabilitation Prescription and BFR: Best Evidence

12. Tourniquet Safety and Use

13. Delfi Personalized Tourniquet System for BFR

14. Application of BFR Training to Upper and Lower Extremity

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the history and scientific theory behind BFR
  2. Learn to manipulate protocols to create a local or systemic response
  3. Understand tourniquet use and safety
  4. Learn how to determine individual limb occlusion pressures
  5. Learn to apply BFR to rehabilitating patients

Continuing Education Units

This course is approved in: TX, CA, PA, AR, FL, GA, IL, NC, and LA. 
 Physical Therapists
Direct Access CEUs : 0

General Access CEUs: 7.9

Total CEUs: 7.9

Athletic Trainers
       Evidence Based Practice Hours: 8.5

Course Schedule

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM Registration
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM Lecture and Lower Extremity Lab
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch Break
1:00 PM – 5:15 PM Lecture and Upper Extremity Lab
5:15 PM Q & A

About the Speaker

Owens is 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 severe 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 multicenter research projects involving regenerative medicine, sports medicine and rehabilitation of the combat casualty. Johnny Owens has been applying Personalized Blood Flow Restriction Rehabilitation clinically since 2012 and credits the modality with significant strength recovery in more than 300 patients. He has trained numerous NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, NCAA teams, and healthcare systems in PBFR. Owens has been published extensively in the peer-reviewed literature and his work has been featured on 60 Minutes, Time magazine, NPR, Discovery Channel and ESPN.