1513 – Improving SCI Function

Beginner / Pool Workshop


Seattle, WA / Sunday, October 20, 2019 – 12:00-3:30 pm – 3.5 credit hours

(Classroom: 12:00-1:45 pm / Indoor Pool: 1:45-3:30 pm)


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


Faculty: Adam Wilson, CTRS, CBIS



Every year, about 17,500 people in the United States sustain a spinal cord injury. That’s 48 new injuries every day. Most of these individuals are injured in auto accidents, falls, violence and sports-related accidents. Spinal cord injuries can be categorized within two different levels: complete or incomplete. Within these levels are functional movements expected or anticipated for each level. This course will discuss the different levels of SCI injury, anticipated functional outcomes of each level of injury, specific contraindications and secondary issues related to SCI. The course will include various aquatic progressions, techniques and safety considerations for those people with a spinal cord injury. 



1)  Discuss the epidemiology and statistics for those with spinal cord injuries.

2)  Examine the anatomy of the spinal cord, including the different segments of the spinal cord.

3)  Determine the functional levels and anticipated functional outcomes.

4)  Identify health concerns and secondary health concerns related to spinal cord injury.

5)  Determine adaptive equipment used for those with spinal cord injuries.

6)  List beneficial aquatic properties for those with spinal cord injures.

7)  Explore specific aquatic protocols.


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.