Magnifying the Momentum: White Paper Endorses the Development of Movement System Diagnostic Classifications in Neurologic Physical Therapy [the following is an excerpt from the editorial that appears in print in the April 2018 issue of JNPT]
It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg.
—C. S. Lewis
As C. S. Lewis reminds us, there are crucial steps in the process of growth; these steps are necessary if one is to achieve full potential. These steps are no less necessary in the realm of growth of a profession. The profession of physical therapy, and more specifically neurologic physical therapy, is in the midst of a watershed epoch in our development. Building on our strong historic foundations of progress, we are evolving in a way that is essential if we are to fully assume our obligations as movement scientists.
In 2015, when the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) published the white paper affirming the movement system as the core organizing principle of our professional practice,1 the momentum that had begun 40 years earlier with Dr Helen Hislop's historic McMillan Address,2 reached a new level. Soon after the APTA's publication of Physical Therapist Practice and the Movement System White Paper, the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy (ANPT) released a call to our membership inviting members to volunteer in the formation of the ANPT Movement System Task Force. The charge of the Task Force was to address issues related to diagnostic classifications of movement system problems for patients/clients with neurologic conditions.
Read the full editorial in this issue.
Editor-in-Chief Edelle Field-Fote