Editor-in-Chief: Edelle Field-Fote, PT, PhD
ISSN: 1557-0576
Online ISSN: 1557-0584
Frequency: 4 issues per year
Ranking: Clinical Neurology 121/192
Rehabilitation 21/63
Impact Factor: 1.646
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Motor Learning and Neurorehabilitation

This Special Issue commemorates the formation of an important partnership that began almost 25 years ago between the fields of neurologic rehabilitation and motor learning. At the time that this partnership began to develop, the assumption was made that the principles of motor learning gleaned through research with healthy subjects would be similar to those for patients with orthopedic and neurologic disorders, and as such would be highly relevant to the science and practice of physical therapy. Presently, the collaborative partnership between rehabilitation and motor learning research continues to grow. In fact, motor learning research targeting rehabilitation interventions has grown exponentially in recent years. This new research is providing our best evidence, yet knowledge of motor learning will directly impact patient care. As it is a primary goal of the physical therapist to maximize a patient's capability to perform and retain skilled action, the partnership between the fields of motor learning and neurorehabilitation continues to flourish. There is little doubt that as more knowledge is gained, the application of these principles will continue to drive practice.


Catherine Lang, PT, PhD

Beth Fisher, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Susanne Morton, PT, PhD

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About this Issue
Dear Reader,

The Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy is excited to publish our July special issue on motor learning edited by Associate Editor Catherine Lang, PT, PhD; Editorial Board Member Beth Fisher, PT, PhD, FAPTA; and Susanne Morton, PT, PhD. The formation of an important partnership began almost 25 years ago between the fields of neurologic rehabilitation and motor learning. Translating principles of motor learning to clinical populations has informed the interventions we choose and how we deliver them. Our expanded knowledge of motor learning has made physical therapists mindful of ways to set up practice to promote motor learning in individuals with neuropathology.

In the current issue, 5 articles represent different stages of work along the spectrum of translational motor learning research. Borich and colleagues show us that the changes in motor behavior associated with short-term motor learning in individuals with chronic stroke are related to measures of corticospinal tract integrity, suggesting that learning capacity may be linked to the functioning of specific brain pathways. Siengsukon and Al-Sharman demonstrate that sleep is likely an important contributor to consolidation, which is a time-dependent process in which a motor behavior becomes relatively more permanent. Vasudevan and colleagues show that the capability of individuals with traumatic brain injury to perform a short-term locomotor adaptation on a split-belt treadmill is altered, but in a way that is distinct from other patient types, such as patients with cerebral stroke or cerebellar damage. In a case study from Kesar and colleagues, motor learning-driven changes in functional performance poststroke are compared longitudinally within and between sessions. Finally, Winstein and colleagues provide a timely historical review of motor learning research and the motivation for and clinical examples of a novel approach to clinical care, featuring patient-centered motor learning principles.

JNPT would also like to congratulate members of our editorial board for awards they received at the recent APTA NEXT conference. Associate Editor Kathy Gill-Body, PT, MS, NCS, FAPTA and Editorial Board Member Beth Fisher, PT, PhD, FAPTA were both selected as Catherine Worthingham Fellows. The FAPTA designation is the highest honor among APTA's membership categories. Editorial Board Member Sandy Billinger, PT, PhD, FAHA received the Margaret L. Moore Award for Outstanding New Academic Faculty Member.

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Call for Manuscripts: Implementation Science/Knowledge Transation

JNPT invites original research articles for a special issue on Implementation Science/Knowledge Transation in Neurologic Physical Therapy. This special issue, scheduled for publication in January 2016, will feature knowledge transation research/implementation science to improve the integration of research knowledge. Prospective authors are encouraged to contact the Editor-in-Chief (JNPT.editor@gmail.com) regarding their submission. Please see the "Call for Manuscripts" page for more information.

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