In this climate of uncertainty and challenge, we hope that you, your family, patients, and community are safe. JNPT is dedicated to continuing to bring you the latest research to support your clinical practice, research, and intellectual curiosity. We are excited to publish this special issue on Harnessing Neuroplasticity for Recovery edited by the outstanding team of Associate Editor Anne Kloos, previous Associate Editor Lara Boyd, and Joyce Gomes-Osman. They have put together a great selection of articles that provides insight into how exercise and neurological health conditions influence adaptive neuroplastic changes.
Using functional near infrared spectroscopy, Stuart and Mancini examined prefrontal cortex activity during walking and turning in response to open and closed loop cueing in people with Parkinson disease and explored the relationships between prefrontal cortex activity and behavioral measures. Chaves and colleagues investigated the impact of a single session of aerobic exercise on corticospinal excitability using transcranial magnetic stimulation in people with multiple sclerosis and if levels of fitness would be associated with corticospinal excitability changes. Vive and colleagues explored the impact of a comprehensive intervention that provided increased motor, sensory, cognitive, and social activity in a stimulating environment with repetitive functional training in meaningful everyday tasks in people with stroke. Hoppes and colleagues also used functional near infrared spectroscopy to determine if people with visual vertigo have different cerebral activation during dual task walking compared to healthy controls. In a case series Peters and colleagues used electroencephalogram to measure movement-related cortical potential to determine how physical therapy affects motor planning.
In this issue we also have abstracts of reviews of current literature in neuroplasticity and functional recovery. Also, please congratulate your friends and colleagues who were received Academy of Neurological Physical Therapy awards at CSM recently.
JNPT also sends out a special thank you to our amazing team of reviewers, editorial board members, and associate editors. Your dedication and hard work are what make the journal a success.
Enjoy the issue and stay healthy and safe,
George Fulk, PT, PhD, FAPTA
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