1512 – Brain Trauma Progressions

Beginner / Pool Workshop


Seattle, WA / Sunday, October 20, 2019 – 8:00-11:30 am – 3.5 credit hours

(Classroom: 8:00-9:45 am / Indoor Pool: 9:45-11:30 am)


Participants: Bring ear plugs and nose clips (if needed)


Faculty: Adam Wilson, CTRS, CBIS


COURSE DESCRIPTION: Brain trauma or traumatic brain injury usually results from a violent blow or jolt to the head or body. Mild traumatic brain injury may affect your brain cells temporarily. More serious traumatic brain injury can result in bruising, torn tissues, bleeding and other physical damage. The most common and least serious type of TBI is called a concussion. This course will examine brain injury versus traumatic brain injury, concussion education, and aquatic therapy protocols most appropriate for those with traumatic brain injury.



1)  Identify and understand the basic functions of the different parts of the brain.

2)  Define the different causes of brain injuries, traumatic brain injuries and concussions.

3)  Determine secondary complications that can result from brain trauma.

4)  Identify appropriate equipment used for physical function.

5)  Examine specific aquatic therapy progressions most appropriate for the physical or cognitive limitation.

6)  Explore safety awareness within the aquatic environment for those with brain injuries.


FACULTY:  Adam Wilson, CTRS, CBIS, has been practicing as a recreation therapist for 15 years, working with all patient populations, including geriatrics, pediatrics, and those with developmental disabilities. He has used aquatic therapy techniques with all populations, including spinal cord injury as a specialty. After graduating from Texas State University in San Marcos, TX, Adam moved to Europe where he practiced as a recreation therapist. After working and traveling Europe, Adam worked in Texas, Colorado, and now works in Orange County, CA as a CTRS with physical rehabilitation populations. He tries to implement aquatics into all appropriate treatments.