3504 – Treating TBIs

Advanced / Pool Workshop


Chicago, IL / Friday, November 8, 2019 – 8:00 am-5:00 pm – 8.0 credit hours

Classroom: 8:00-11:00 am

Indoor Pool: 11:00 am-1:00 pm

Lunch on own: 1:00-2:00 pm

Classroom: 2:00-5:00 pm


Faculty: Ricardo Senno, MD, MS, FAAPMR / Marty Biondi, PT, DPT, CSCS


COURSE DESCRIPTION: Understanding how various traumas affect the brain provides a window to developing appropriate treatment options.  This class will feature a discussion of what occurs with traumatic brain injuries, their effects on function, how to develop treatment option to maximize outcomes.



1)  Understand the progressive processes associated with TBIs.

2)  Recognize the importance of understanding basic brain function and how deficits impact all aspects of daily life.

3)  Recognize common neuromuscular dysfunctions associated with TBIs so as to provide appropriate treatment progressions.

4)  Provide therapeutic exercise interventions with specific emphasis on aquatics, that address those specific movement impairments associated with TBIs.

5)  Determine appropriate aquatic equipment usage with therapeutic exercises to address various movement impairments associated with TBI and other brain-related disorders.


FACULTY: Richardo Senno, MD, MS, FAAPMR, earned his medical degree from the University of Illinois and trained at Norwalk Hospital (Yale University), completing his residency at Boston University Medical Center. He is an expert in the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with many years of experience. He has authored articles and performed research dealing with injury prevention, patient evaluation, treatment and recovery. Dr. Senno is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He also serves as a Healthcare Facility Consultant, having designed multiple clinical nursing/work stations for skilled nursing facility settings.


Marty Biondi, PT, DPT, CSCS, provides physical therapy at several clinics in the Chicago area, including Therapeutic & Wellness Specialists, Lake Forest Place, and Sennogroup Rehabilitation and Wellness. She is responsible for all aspects of patient care with a varied patient load that includes orthopedic and complex neurological as the primary diagnoses. She has been involved in various aspects of aquatics for over 30 years including pool administration, design and program implementation, risk management, and as a physical therapist using water to treat various diagnoses.