Neuroplasticity is a driving mechanism underlying the promotion of motor (and cognitive) learning by means of physical therapy (PT) and exercise. Physical therapists, scientists, and other rehabilitation professionals harness neuroplasticity in the form of interventions to maintain or enhance functional performance in individuals with various neurological disorders.
However, the optimal interventions and parameters of dose and intensity necessary to achieve neuroplastic changes are not known. In addition, the degree to which individual characteristics and the presence of a neurological disorder may affect capacity for neuroplastic change is not well understood.
Knowledge regarding currently available effective interventions that promote neuroplasticity in the form of neuroprotection, neuroregeneration, and functional recovery or stabilization, both in humans and in animal models (with clinical implications) can lead to better physical therapy outcomes.
This special issue recognizes the important role of physical therapy and exercise to promote neuroplasticity, and seeks manuscripts that provide an understanding of the mechanisms driving functional change.
Please note: this is a competitive call for papers. Prospective authors are encouraged to contact the Special Issue Editor Anne Kloos (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Guest Editors Lara Boyd (email@example.com), and Joyce Gomes-Osman (firstname.lastname@example.org) regarding their submission. First drafts will be due on March 1, 2019 with electronic publication (ePub)/MedLine indexing following acceptance, and a target JNPT print publication date of January 2020.