October 2017 - Volume 41 - Issue 4

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ivstep-logo-greyback-107yz80-300x298.png​​JNPT is excited to bring you an online supplemental IV STEP special issue​. This special IV STEP issue, which is available online only, is a compendium of the IV STEP conference. In this issue leaders in the field of neurologic physical therapy, who presented at IV STEP, shed light on the 4 Ps (Prevention, Prediction, Plasticity, and Participation) that were the themes of IV STEP. Topics include the movement system, the potential impact of genetic variation on outcomes, dosage, technology, and other important topics.

Please find the IV Step Supplement for Pediatric Physical Therapy here: 

PPT IV Step Supplement​

The Astounding Reciprocity of Movement-Related Interactions

[the following is an excerpt from the editorial that appears in print in the October 2017 issue of JNPT]

Perhaps, like me you have had times in your life when you were struck by a realization about the seemingly serendipitous interconnectedness of things you had not previously thought to be related. With so much discussion of late regarding the movement system, patterns have started to become evident regarding how many aspects of life influence, and in turn, are influenced by, movement. I can say with certainty that the relationships that I describe in my musings below surely represent just a small portion of the existing movement-related interactions, and I invite you to share others that you have noticed in JNPT's online blog site.

Read the full editorial in this issue.​

Editor-in-Chief Edelle Field-Fote

Dear Reader,

The October 2017 issue of The Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy is now available. In this issue there are 4 research studies, 1 systematic review, and 1 special interest article. Guerra and colleagues present a systematic review and meta-analysis of the effectiveness of motor imagery training after stroke. Duncan and colleagues characterize and provide support for the construct validity of the maximum step length test in people with Parkinson disease. Gray and colleagues examine differences in and the determinants of mediolateral (M-L) protective stepping strategies when people with stroke are pulled off balance toward their paretic and nonparetic sides. Manella and colleagues assesse the temporal components of a biomechanical measure to quantify ankle clonus (the Drop Test), and validated these in persons with spasticity due to spinal cord injury. Boyce and colleagues examine the validity of two scales that measure balance self-efficacy (Falls Self-Efficacy Scale-International and Activities-specific Balance Confidence scale) in people with dystonia. In a perspective article, Cavanaugh and colleagues we review and discuss the implications of recent evidence that optimal movement variability, which previously had been associated with adaptable motor behavior, contains a specific complex nonlinear feature known as "multifractality."

Congratulations to Timothy Faw, recipient of the Mary Lou Barns Promotion of Doctoral Studies (PODS) award, and Anne Palermo, recipient of the Patricia Leah PODS award. Congratulations also to Katie Butera and Jody Feld, who also received PODS scholarships sponsored by the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy.

JNPT invites original research for a special issue on Physical Therapy for Parkinson Disease - Mechanisms and Interventions. Please see the JNPT website​ for more detail.

George Fulk, PT, PhD 

Digital Media Editor​

​JNPT invites original research articles for a special issue on Parkinson Disease. This special issue, scheduled for publication in January 2019, will feature manuscripts that provide a deeper understanding of neurologic physical therapy and exercise interventions for people with PD, as well as the possible mechanisms underlying improvement.

Prospective authors are encouraged to contact the Special Issue Editors: Terry Ellis (tellis@bu.edu), Lee Dibble (Lee.Dibble@hsc.Utah.edu), or Daniel Peterson (daniel.peterson1@asu.edu) regarding their submission. Please see the Call for Manuscripts​ page for more information.

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