Published Research Contributions

My extensive publication record comprises over 30 research articles, making significant contributions to our understanding of Blood Flow Restriction (BFR). My research interests primarily revolve around three key areas:

  • Safety Screening Process: I have delved into the safety screening process associated with BFR, uncovering vital insights that inform best practices and enhance safety considerations for practitioners.
  • Characteristics of BFR Devices: By examining different types of BFR devices and their associated characteristics, I have advanced our understanding of these devices’ nuances, aiding researchers and practitioners in making informed decisions.
  • Perceptual Demands of BFR Exercise: Exploring the psychological and sensory aspects of BFR training, my research has shed light on the perceptual challenges of BFR, optimizing training protocols for an enhanced user experience.

Through my research interests and contributions, I have played a key role in shaping The BFR Pros as leaders in the field, driving innovation and setting new standards in BFR research.

 – Dr. Nick Rolnick –

The BFR Pros, the publisher of and, is the premiere provider of all things Blood Flow Restriction.  Learn more about our parent organization and our commitment to spreading the good news about the benefits of BFR for rehabilitation and performance training. 

Podcast Appearances

BFR : Better For Results Podcast

This is Nick's Podcast where he invites experts across rehab, fitness, medicine and more on technologies beyond just BFR that can get patients results fast ("Better For Results"). The goal of this podcast is to give clinicians and coaches actionable insights to help clients and patients recover faster and implement cutting edge technologies and practices that can move the needle forward on producing optimal outcomes. BFR is of course discussed whenever relevant.

…Dr.Nick Rolnick calls himself the Human Performance Mechanic….

Nick Rolnick, PT, MS, CSCS, owner of BFR Pros and The Human Performance Mechanic, comes onto the HET Podcast to share his experiences and lessons he has learned through his academic journey and what drives…

Nick Rolnick, PT, MS, CSCS, owner of BFR Pros and The Human Performance Mechanic, comes onto the HET Podcast to share his experiences and lessons he has learned through his academic journey and what drives…

Nick Rolnick is a performance trainer, performance enhancement specialist and physical therapist at his Culture of PT in New York City, where he’s making patients stronger and returning them to activities…

Join us this week as we have Nick Rolnick from BFR Pros joining us to talk all things blood flow restriction. Nick gives a great summary of BFR and answers questions from our live stream.Nick will be delivering a masterclass in our Complete Clinician Lifelong Learning Academy.

What is Blood Flow Restriction (BFR), how is it used, and when should it be used? Join Aaron in this episode as he welcomes BFR expert Nick Rolnick. The founder of BFR Pros, Nick provides BFR trainings so that PT professionals can help clients accelerate performance and recovery with the extra benefit of growing their business.

Nick Rolnick, aka The Human Performance Mechanic aspires to be a world class physical therapist and performance enhancement specialist….

Nick Rolnick is leading the charge with an old but newly popular training technique called Blood Flow Restriction. In 2018 it’s not just an extra pump for a bodybuilder. New science and research is showing insane improvements in performance for fitness and strength.

In this episode of the Physiotutors podcast we talk to Nick Rolnick about Blood Flow Restriction (BFR), the evidence behind it and why it can prove to be an invaluable tool for patient rehabilitation right across the board!

In this episode, Sam Spinelli sat down with the physical therapists from The BFR Pros, Nick Rolnick and Nick Licameli, to discuss the use of blood flow restriction for training and rehab purposes.

Episode 102 is full brewed! On today’s episode we have Nicolas Rolnick. He is a physical therapist, International speaker, educator, and founder of the human performance mechanic and the BFR Pros. He is on a mission of making the world a better place by helping people get back to the activities they love as quickly as possible and experiencing the joy of pain-free movement  through evidence-based therapies like BFR-Blood Flow Restriction!

Not sure what blood flow restriction is? Join Nick and I as we discuss the ins and outs of BFR. You’ll learn…

Join us on this podcast as we discuss physical therapy with Dr. Nicholas. Nicholas and Joe dive deep into physical thera…

Do you feel like just another dime a dozen clinician? It may be time to go niche, just like today’s guest Nicholas Rolni…

On this episode of the Healthy Wealthy and Smart Podcast, I welcome Andrew Vigotsky and Dr. Nick Rolnick back on to the …

Published Research

In the News

CNN — Restricting your blood flow sounds like a dangerous thing to do, but it’s exactly what some Olympians, athletes, and surgery and physical therapy patients have done to strengthen their muscles and speed up recovery.

If you’re looking to heal faster and get stronger from an injury, this therapy may be the key.

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PTs are poised to do big things in the coming year. See our top 12 physical therapists to watch in 2021, here.

Every year we take an industry pulse on individuals and/or organizations that have made a positive impact through their contributions.

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