EDITORIAL : The Journal of Aquatic Physical Therapy

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Van Wingerden, Anita Marie PT, DPT; Co-Editors; Michaels, Natalie Norman PT, EdD, GCS Emeritus; Co-Editors

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The Journal of Aquatic Physical Therapy 31(1):p 1, January/April 2023. | DOI: 10.1097/PXT.0000000000000025
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“In March we will ‘celebrate’ three years since the world as we knew it turned upside down, locked down and started moving toward a new normal no one asked for” (L.L. Hess, 2023)

Three years of global and local changes in terms of lifestyle, health, and physical therapy practice.

Yet, life is a journey not a destination!

As we sail into Spring of 2023, we encourage all of our readers to reflect on the knowledge they have gained and the resilience with which they have responded to the challenges of the recent pandemic. Physical Therapy delivery practices continue to grow and evolve as telehealth and virtual physical therapy visits increase in number and aquatic physical therapy has resumed in many clinical settings.

The APTA Combined Sections Meeting was held in San Diego this year with a variety of aquatic poster, platform, and continuing education course presentations. We hope you were able to attend! If not, the abstracts will be published in the Spring/Summer edition to enhance your journey in the knowledge of aquatic therapy.

As the editors, we are so excited that the Journal of Aquatic Physical Therapy (JAPT) continues to grow and is accessible world-wide. We continue to receive manuscript submissions, and we require more Peer Reviewers to keep the review process timely. Please consider becoming a reviewer for JAPT! (See Call for Reviewers below).

May Spring of 2023 bring waves of new manuscripts and new reviewers!


Call for Reviewers:

The Journal of Aquatic Physical Therapy is seeking to expand its cadre of manuscript reviewers.

Required Qualifications:

  • Experience performing aquatic physical therapy intervention
  • Formal training in manuscript review or, submission, revision, and acceptance of at least 2 manuscripts in a peer-reviewed journal

Job Description:

  • Perform a blinded peer-review of 2 to 3 manuscripts per year, which includes the following:
    • Emphasis on quality of science: importance of research question, clarity of study design, appropriateness of analysis, accuracy of interpretation of results
    • 4-week turn around for review
    • Possible recommendations: reject, revise with additional review, minor revision, accept
    • Provide confidential comments to editor
    • Provide constructive criticism and suggestions to authors
    • Follow reviewed manuscripts through revision process
    • Develop review skills
  • Materials available at https://www.editorialmanager.com/japt/default1.aspx
  • Additional resources include a Peer Reviewer tutorial located at the following link: https://wkauthorservices.editage.com/peer-reviewer-training-course/

To Apply: Please send letter of application highlighting research interests/experience and current CV to Marie Stravlo ([email protected]).

Your Co-Editors,
Anita Marie Van Wingerden, PT, DPT
Natalie Norman Michaels, PT, EdD, GCS Emeritus


1. Hess LL. So over COVID. Fac Focus Daily. 2023. https://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-and-learning/so-over-covid/?st=FFdaily%3Bsc%3DFF230220%3Butm_term%3DFF230220&mailingID=4474
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