Editor-in-Chief: Edelle Field-Fote, PT, PhD
ISSN: 1557-0576
Online ISSN: 1557-0584
Frequency: 4 issues per year
Ranking: Clinical Neurology 124/192
Rehabilitation 21/64
Impact Factor: 1.766
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Time to Empower People with Stroke

van Vliet, Paulette PhD; Pomeroy, Valerie M. PhD, FCSP; Wolf, Steven L. PhD, FAPTA, FAHA; Kwakkel, Gert PT, PhD

[the following is an excerpt from the editorial that appears in print in the July 2015 issue of JNPT]

… If stroke survivors are to be responsible for directing their own recovery, then it will be important to provide the training and support needed to empower people to take a more active role in the ongoing process of rehabilitation. To achieve this goal people need high self-efficacy, which is defined as “people's beliefs about their capabilities to produce designated levels of performance that exercise influence over events that affect their lives.” Where possible, this behavior can be encouraged from the start of the person's recovery process. Means of encouraging self-efficacy include joint goal setting, using self-managed workbooks and diaries to record goals and chosen exercises, allowing control over the rehabilitation timetable, group training sessions and allowing extensive self-administered practice in hospital, to prepare for independent practice later at home. To practice safely, therapists can assist by ensuring people are aware of movements that may be unsafe and providing equipment or furniture for safe practice of exercises. For practice to be effective, therapists can help people to acquire important knowledge about their rehabilitation, such as the need for intensive repetitive practice to achieve neuroplasticity for motor learning, what and how they need to practice, compensatory movements to avoid, and adverse effects of not exercising. …

About this Issue
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The July issue of The Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy is now available. This issue has a systematic review on motor-cognitive dual task training in people with neurological disorders by Fritz and colleagues, as well as 5 research articles. In a randomized controlled pilot study, Stoller and colleagues investigated the efficacy and feasibility of feedback-controlled robotics-assisted treadmill exercise for cardiovascular rehabilitation in persons with severe impairments early after stroke. Mattlage and colleagues used body worn accelerometers to characterize sedentary time in people with acute stroke and explored the relationship between sedentary time and physical function. Karpatkin and colleagues examined the effects of intermittent versus continuous walking on distance walked and fatigue in persons with multiple sclerosis. In a randomized controlled trial, Martin and colleagues examined the effects of a specific cueing program for falls management in persons with Parkinson disease and freezing of gait. Persch and colleagues performed a rasch analysis of the wrist and hand items of the Fugl Meyer.

The Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy would like to congratulate the section members recently honored with APTA awards at the recent NEXT conference and the newly elected section officers. Check out the issue to see who won awards and was elected.

Be sure to check out the author video abstracts to hear from authors in their own words.



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Call for Manuscripts: Management of Complex Neurologic Disorders in Neurologic Physical Therapy

JNPT invites original research articles for a special issue on Management of Complex Neurologic Disorders in Neurologic Physical Therapy. This special issue, scheduled for publication in January 2017, will feature manuscripts related to complex and rare neurological conditions relevant to neurologic physical therapy. Well-designed studies utilizing single subject design, small sample sizes, and case reports are welcomed. Prospective authors are encouraged to contact the Special Issue Editors: Teresa Jacobson Kimberley (tjk@umn.edu) or Michael Schubert (mschube1@jhmi.edu) regarding their submission. Please see the "Call for Manuscripts" page for more information.

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Motor-Cognitive Dual-Task Training in Persons With Neurologic Disorders: A Systematic Review

Watch the video abstract from Nora E. Fritz, PT, DPT, NCS, PhD as she gives an overview of her "Editor's Pick" article.

For the complete collection of video abstracts, visit the Video Gallery.

Neurology Section Awards

Nominations for Neurology Section Awards: Due October 31st

The Neurology Section Awards Committee is seeking individuals to be nominated for Neurology Section Awards. The four individual awards include:

  • Award for Excellence in Neurologic Education

Purpose: To acknowledge and honor a member of the Neurology Section whose clinical or academic neurologic educational contributions have been of exceptional value

  • Award for Service to the Section

Purpose: To acknowledge and honor a member of the Neurology Section whose contributions to the Section have been of exceptional value

  • Award for Clinical Excellence in Neurology

Purpose: To acknowledge and honor a member of the Neurology Section major professional involvement is currently with the practice of neurologic physical therapy

  • Award for Excellence in Neurologic Research

Purpose: To acknowledge and honor a member of the Neurology Section who has demonstrated continuing excellence in research related to neurologic physical therapy science, theory, practice, or education. There is no doubt that there are many talented individuals in the Neurology Section that could be nominated.

Please take the time to nominate to recognize a deserving colleague.

For more information and nomination forms visit: www.neuropt.org/go/about-us/awards-and-accolades

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