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
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