JNPT is excited to publish our July 2018 Special Issue on Concussion, which is now available on line. In addition to 7 cutting edge research and special interest articles on concussion, this issue also contains Clinical Practice Guidelines for a core set of outcome measures for adults with neurological conditions developed by Moore and colleagues.
Lennon and colleagues investigated the safety and outcomes of multimodal impairment-based PT at varying time points after injury in youth diagnosed with concussion. Storey and colleagues determined whether active vestibular rehabilitation is associated with an improvement in visuovestibular signs and symptoms in children with concussion. Elbin and colleagues examined prospective changes in vestibular and ocular motor impairments and symptoms in high school athletes with concussion using Vestibular/Ocular Motor Screening test. Massingale and colleagues examined performance differences between uninjured and concussed athletes on the Concussion Balance Test (COBALT) and preliminary analyses of criterion-related validity and reliability of COBALT.
There are also two special interest articles in this issue. Schmidt and colleagues characterize the complex and dynamic changes in the brain following concussion by reviewing neuroimaging studies and to inform physical activity participation guidelines for the management of a younger population after concussion. Miranda and colleagues present clinical features of Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) that may arise after concussion, and propose a role for physical therapists in the diagnosis and management of POTS during concussion recovery. There is also a review of current concussion research literature.
JNPT would also like to congratulate Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy members who will be receiving APTA awards at the upcoming NEXT meeting. Among members who will be honored at NEXT are: Michael Schubert and Kim Nixon-Cave will become Catherine Worthingham Fellows of the APTA, Beth Fisher will receive the John H.P. Maley Lecture Award, Anne Shumway-Cook will receive the Jules Rothstein Golden Pen Award for Scientific Writing, and Catherine Lang will receive the Marian Williams Award for Research in Physical Therapy. See the issue for a complete listing of members who will be receiving APTA awards at NEXT.
Enjoy this important issue that we believe will be invaluable for current neurologic physical therapy practice and guide future research.
George Fulk, PT, PhD
Digital Media Editor