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July 2020 - Volume 44 - Issue 3

  • Edelle Field-Fote, PT, PhD
  • 1557-0576
  • 1557-0584
  • 4 issues per year
  • Rehabilitation 10/68
    Clinical Neurology 89/204
  • 2.893
    5-Year Impact Factor: 3.680

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. 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.

Please see the Call for Manuscripts​ page for more information.

Call for Manuscripts​ | Submit a Manuscript

Lessons From COVID-19 on the Stepwise Development of Interventions

At the time that I write this, the world is in the grip of the COVID-19 disease pandemic. As you likely have heard more times than you care to count by now, the viral agent causing this disease is related to the virus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), and for that reason the virus is officially called SARS-CoV-2. The CoV indicates that the virus is a member of the Coronaviridae family, whose name is derived from the spike- or crown-like appearance of the surface proteins that are visible under an electron microscope.

Read the full editorial here.

Edelle Field-Fote, PT, PhD, FAPTA

We hope you, your patients, and families are all safe and healthy during the current pandemic. We have a number of outstanding articles in the July issue to support your clinical practice and research. In a scoping review Moncion and colleagues describe the nature and extent of barriers and facilitators to aerobic exercise implementation with adults post stroke. Nilsson and colleagues examined how prevalence and severity of fall-related activity avoidance evolve over a 3-year period in people with Parkinson disease. Nordahl and Ellis provide a Clinical Point of View commentary on the study by Nilsson et al. Ryan and colleagues examined if interventions targeting spatiotemporal gait symmetry in people with stroke could improve walking endurance, balance, quality of life and physical activity. Bishop and colleagues evaluated the feasibility and initial efficacy of treadmill based locomotor training with robotic pelvic assist and visual feedback to improve force and stance symmetry in individuals with stroke. Alshebber and colleagues report on the psychometric properties of the Life Space Assessment in people with vestibular disorders. In case report, Fillmore and colleagues describe a LSVT BIG intervention and its outcome for an individual with idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus.

Be sure to check out the top four research abstracts presented at the International Neurological Physical Therapy Association meeting as a part of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy, which are published in this issue.

A number of ANPT members were recently honored with 2020 APTA awards. We are especially excited to recognize current JNPT Associate Editors Theresa Ellis, Catherine Lang, and Darcy Reisman who were all selected as Catherine Worthingham Fellows of the APTA.

Enjoy the issue and stay healthy and safe,

George Fulk, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Deputy Editor

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