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Special Issue on Interactions of Cognition with Movement and Rehabilitation

Global cognition, as well as specific domains such as attention, memory and executive function, have been largely ignored within cohort studies and clinical trials of motor control and rehabilitation. While motor studies often use cognitive screening tools, (e.g. MoCA, MMSE), a deeper dive into specific cognitive domains is rare, despite many neurologic diagnoses having both cognitive and motor symptoms. This special issue will feature recent advances in cognitive assessment, cognitive impairments, and cognitive therapies, and how they may interact with or give insights into motor rehabilitation. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Motor rehabilitation across the cognitive spectrum (i.e. inclusion of more cognitively-impaired participants), and/or evaluation of how cognitive deficits affect motor outcomes.
  • Reciprocal/combined effects of cognitive and motor therapies.
  • Basic knowledge and clinical manifestations of motor deficits in cognitive disorders and neurorehabilitation (e.g. Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson disease with dementia).
  • Incorporation of cognitive assessment into motor rehabilitation (e.g. dual- or multi-tasking).

Please note that this is a competitive call for papers. JNPT receives more submissions than can be published and it therefore will likely not be possible to publish all manuscripts submitted in response to this call. Prospective authors are encouraged to contact the Special Issue Editors: Drs. Catherine Lang ([email protected]), Karen McCulloch ([email protected]), and Sydney Schaefer ([email protected]) regarding their submission. First drafts will be due on April 1, 2021, with a target JNPT publication date of January 2022. Accepted manuscripts will be published ahead of the print version on the journal website as they become available.


Impact of COVID-19 on Rehabilitation of Individuals with Neurological Health Conditions

Evidence is increasing that in addition to pulmonary complications, the SARS CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, may negatively impact the nervous system as well. For example, there appears to be an increase of thrombotic complications1 in people with COVID-19, which can lead to stroke. A recent case report suggests that younger adults with COVID-19 may be at risk of large vessel stroke.2 Current social distancing guidelines may impact the ability of people with Parkinson disease and others to exercise. Rehabilitation strategies need to be adapted for people with neurological conditions and concomitant COVID-19. These issues and others warrant the production and dissemination of scholarly work to better understand the impact of COVID-19 on the rehabilitation of people with neurological health conditions.

As the official journal of The Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Journal of Neurological Physical Therapy seeks submission of manuscripts related to the physical therapy and rehabilitation management of patients with neurological disorders with concomitant COVID-19. The journal will accept original research reports, systematic reviews, clinical perspectives and case reports. Manuscripts submitted for this special call will receive fast track peer review. To indicate that your work is for this special call for COVID-19 manuscripts please note the topic in the cover letter. Accepted manuscripts will be published online ahead of print and made publicly available.

1. Klok FA, Kruip M, van der Meer NJM, et al. Incidence of thrombotic complications in critically ill ICU patients with COVID-19. Thromb Res. 2020.

2. Oxley TJ, Mocco J, Majidi S, et al. Large-Vessel Stroke as a Presenting Feature of Covid-19 in the Young. N Engl J Med. 2020.


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