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What is BFR training?

Also known as occlusion training, BFR training helps most athletes enhance their performance and recover from injuries through improving strength at a faster rate with less stress on the body.

BFR training safely prevents low-oxygen blood from leaving the muscle while allowing oxygenated blood to travel to that same muscle bringing nutrition to the cells needed for strengthening.

BFR training at Children's Mercy


BFR is completed with low-intensity resistance allowing athletes to start rehabilitation much sooner, regaining their strength to prevent a loss in muscle mass and get the patient back to the sport they love in a fraction of the time.

You will work with Children's Mercy Sports Physical Therapists who have the required knowledge and skills to safely perform and track this type of therapeutic exercise. Our expertise includes:

  • Advanced knowledge of muscular and vascular anatomy and exercise physiology
  • Practice of therapeutic exercise prescription, monitoring of physiological vital signs and blood flow

Torn ACL: Hartwell's story

During his quest to wrestle at the 2019 Kansas state championships, Hartwell Taylor tore his ACL. At Children’s Mercy Sports Medicine Village West, Hartwell not only did traditional therapy-based exercises, but his therapist prescribed blood flow restriction training, or BFR, helping him regain full use of his left leg and a shot at the 2020 state championship.

Meet Hartwell
Hartwell in wrestling head gear

Torn ACL: Maxxwell's story

A spot on the varsity football team is a dream for most freshman, but for Maxxwell Ford, it was a reality … until he tore his ACL. That’s when he turned to Children’s Mercy for help. Surgery reconstructed his torn ACL, and physical therapy at the state-of-the-art Children’s Mercy Village West Sports Medicine Center helped him get back in the game.

Meet Maxxwell