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October 2020 - Volume 44 - Issue 4

  • 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

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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Passing the Torch

It seems utterly impossible to think that it was 12 years ago that I penned my first Editor's Note as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy (JNPT). Reflecting back on this time, and this journal that has been my companion for more than a decade, brings so many wonderful recollections. I hope you will indulge me a single paragraph in this Note to share one with you.

Read the full editorial here.

Edelle Field-Fote, PT, PhD, FASIA, FAPTA

We are delighted to publish the October 2020 issue of JNPT, but it is bittersweet because it includes the final Editor’s note from Dr. Edelle Field-Fote before transitioning out of the Editor-In-Chief role. Edee’s incredible leadership and monumental contributions to JNPT have propelled the journal forward for more than a decade of tremendous growth. As we mark this milestone in JNPT history, we are excited to share several terrific articles in this issue.

Jehu and colleagues report the effects of different sensory conditions and cognitive tasks on standing balance and dual-task performance in chronic stroke. Holleran and colleagues evaluated factors influencing day-to-day variability in walking activity among persons with either stroke or Parkinson Disease. Gangwani and colleagues assessed predictors of slip-related fall risk in individuals with stroke. Avelino and colleagues tested the validity of telephone-based administration of the ABILHAND questionnaire for assessing manual ability post-stroke. In the context of a randomized controlled trial, Loyd and colleagues examined the utility of a wearable inertial sensor for quantifying head movement characteristics during gaze stability exercises among individuals with multiple sclerosis. In a case series, Sherron and colleagues describe an overground and treadmill gait training intervention for persons with Parkinson Disease, while focusing on the strategic selection of rhythmic auditory cue frequencies.   

Make sure to check out the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy 2020 election results and the Promotion of Doctoral Studies Scholarship (PODS) awardees funded by the Academy through the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research Neurology Endowment Fund.

We hope you enjoy this issue,

Pierce Boyne PT, DPT, PhD, NCS

Associate Editor

Deputy Digital Media Editor

George Fulk, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Deputy Editor

Digital Media Editor

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