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January 2021 - Volume 45 - Issue 1

  • George D. Fulk, PT, PhD, FAPTA
  • 1557-0576
  • 1557-0584
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  • Rehabilitation 10/68
    Clinical Neurology 89/204
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    5-Year Impact Factor: 3.680

Special Issue on Interactions of Cognition with Movement and Rehabilitation

Global cognition, as well as specific domains such as attention, memory and executive function, have been largely ignored within cohort studies and clinical trials of motor control and rehabilitation. While motor studies often use cognitive screening tools, (e.g. MoCA, MMSE), a deeper dive into specific cognitive domains is rare, despite many neurologic diagnoses having both cognitive and motor symptoms. This special issue will feature recent advances in cognitive assessment, cognitive impairments, and cognitive therapies, and how they may interact with or give insights into motor rehabilitation.

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 Calls for Manuscripts page for more information.

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The Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy: The Ultimate Mentor

The mentor relationship dates all the way back to ancient Greece. Mentor was a faithful counselor appointed by Odysseus to protect his young son, Telemachus, while he went to fight in the Trojan war.1 Athena, the goddess of wisdom, would appear in the form of Mentor to teach, support, and guide Telemachus. I have been fortunate throughout my career to have been supported and guided by extraordinary mentors. Chief and central among them is the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy (JNPT). As a new clinician, I would eagerly await the latest issue of the Neurology Report (dating myself a little), which would later become JNPT, to help guide my clinical practice and improve outcomes for the patients I worked with. As a junior faculty member and a budding researcher, the feedback I received from the reviewers and Associate Editors on manuscripts was invaluable to my career growth. Imagine my surprise and good fortune when at CSM in 2010 Dr. Edelle “Edee” Field-Fote, Editor-In-Chief (EIC) of JNPT (Athena?), asked me to join JNPT as the Digital Media Editor and an Associate Editor. Over the past 10 years, JNPT has continued to be a trusted mentor, supporting my professional growth through the numerous relationships I have developed in association with the journal.

Read the full editorial here.

George Fulk, PT, PhD, FAPTA

The January 2021 issue of JNPT is packed full of exciting new content. This issue includes the first Editor’s note from incoming Editor-In-Chief George Fulk and a position paper on current evidence-based practice from the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy. It also contains presentation information for the APTA Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) in February and several new articles.

Chang and Schubert tested whether convergence of the eyes (near viewing) during head rotation increases vestibulo-ocular reflex gain among persons with unilateral vestibular hypofunction. A clinical commentary on this article was provided by Galgon and Holmberg. Sutter-Leve and colleagues examined caregiver stress in inpatient stroke rehabilitation and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Yorke and colleagues described the development, implementation and results of a knowledge translation intervention to increase utilization of standardized outcome measures in outpatient rehabilitation for patients with Parkinson Disease. Among persons with chronic stroke, Miller and colleagues examined readiness to change activity level and its associations with physical capacity & health, depression, self-efficacy and daily stepping activity. In a special interest article, Klatt and Anson highlighted some of the potential challenges that facemasks may pose to gait, balance and related testing. In another special interest article, Morton and colleagues described the implementation and outcomes of novel participant recruitment strategies designed to increase enrollment and efficiency in stroke recovery research.

Be sure to check out the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy CSM programming and listings of the upcoming platform and poster presentations. The full abstracts are available on the right-hand side of our Collections webpage.  

We hope you enjoy this issue and are looking forward to the new year!

Pierce Boyne PT, DPT, PhD, NCS

JNPT Digital Media Editor

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