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October 2021 - Volume 45 - Issue 4

  • George D. Fulk, PT, PhD, FAPTA
  • 1557-0576
  • 1557-0584
  • 4 issues per year
  • Rehabilitation 8/68
    Clinical Neurology 83/208
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    5-Year Impact Factor: 4.288

Impact of COVID-19 on the rehabilitation of people 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. 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

Are We Making the Correct Inferences Based on What We Are Measuring?

As physical therapist researchers and clinicians, we often direct our interventions toward improving activity-level outcomes on the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) model. Activity is defined as the execution of a task or action by an individual. This is typically assessed using self-report measures of perceived performance/ability and clinic-based measures of capacity. The Stroke Impact Scale, the Activities-specific Balance Confidence Scale (ABC), and the Motor Activity Log (MAL) are examples of self-report measures of perceived performance. Clinic-based measures of capacity include outcome measures such as the 6-Minute Walk Test (6MWT) or 10-m Walk Test to determine gait speed (GS).

Read the full editorial here.

George Fulk, PT, PhD, FAPTA; Editor-In-Chief​

The October 2021 issue of JNPT is here! The featured article for this issue by Zajac and colleagues quantified the contribution of walking activity to home and community mobility in Parkinson disease. The Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy (ANPT) Degenerative Diseases Special Interest Group (SIG) interviewed the authors for extra insights as part of the JNPT/ANPT podcast series available on our website and elsewhere.

This issue also includes additional terrific research articles. Rinaudo and colleagues investigated the effects of vestibulo-ocular reflex adaptation training for peripheral vestibular hypofunction using a double-blinded randomized controlled trial with crossover. Leavy and colleagues examined physical activity and perceived health changes during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic among people with Parkinson disease. Kim and colleagues measured corticospinal tract microstructure in chronic stroke with diffusion tensor tractography and assessed its ability to predict distal upper extremity responsiveness to motor practice. Moore and colleagues described the development, execution and outcomes of a clinical implementation plan for adoption of high-intensity gait training during inpatient stroke rehabilitation. Demartino and colleagues tested associations between manual dexterity and the level of paretic upper extremity use after stroke. The ANPT Stroke SIG is interviewing the authors about this article as part of our podcast series. Handelzalts and colleagues examined gait spatiotemporal symmetry and variability measures after stroke, including comparison to control participants and associations with balance function.  

Also be sure to check out the ANPT 2021 Annual Conference abstracts, the APTA 2021 Honors and Awards Recipients, the ANPT 2021 election results and the Promotion of Doctoral Studies Scholarship (PODS) awardees funded by ANPT. Congratulations to all of the winners and awardees, including JNPT Associate Editor Teresa Jacobson Kimberley, who was honored as a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the APTA. 

We hope you enjoy this issue!

Pierce Boyne PT, DPT, PhD, NCS
JNPT Digital Media Editor   ​

Are Mobile Persons With Parkinson Disease Necessarily More Active?

Zajac, Jenna A.; Cavanaugh, James T.; Baker, Teresa; More

Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy. 45(4):259-265, October 2021.

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