April 2018 - Volume 42 - Issue 2

  • Edelle Field-Fote, PT, PhD
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​​​ivstep-logo-greyback-107yz80-300x298.png​​JNPT is excited to bring you an online supplemental IV STEP special issue​. This special IV STEP issue, which is available online only, is a compendium of the IV STEP conference. In this issue leaders in the field of neurologic physical therapy, who presented at IV STEP, shed light on the 4 Ps (Prevention, Prediction, Plasticity, and Participation) that were the themes of IV STEP. Topics include the movement system, the potential impact of genetic variation on outcomes, dosage, technology, and other important topics.

Please find the IV Step Supplement for Pediatric Physical Therapy here: 

PPT IV Step Supplement​

New!  IV Step Conference eBook now available including both supplements plus additional Case Narratives with videos at http://www.nursingcenter.com/articles-publications/ebooks.

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

Dear Reader,

The April 2018 issue of the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy is now available. We are excited to publish the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy Movement System Task Force White Paper on Movement System Diagnoses in Neurologic Physical Therapy. Be sure to read this important work that continues the important journey towards integrating the movement system into clinical practice and research.

In this issue we also have a number of high quality research articles. Baer and colleagues investigate the effects of fatigue and role of brain-derived neurotrophic factor on balance in individuals with PD. In a randomized controlled trial, Gaikwad and colleagues investigate the effect of progressive gaze stability exercises on postural stability, motion sensitivity, and anxiety in healthy young adults with chronic motion sensitivity. Additionally, Gagnon and Webb-Schoenewald provide a Clinical Point of View commentary on the study by Gaikwad and colleagues. Allison and colleagues examine the effect of sensory-challenge balance exercises on multisensory reweighting and clinical balance measures in fall-prone older adults.

We also have two case series/case reports. Holleran and colleagues evaluated the feasibility and preliminary short- and long-term impact of high-intensity variable stepping practice in ambulatory participants for more than 1 year post-iSCI. Hartmann and colleagues report on the use of errorless learning in a person with a concomitant spinal cord injury and brain injury.

The IV STEP conference eBook is now available for purchase. Be sure to get this great resource for clinical practice and educators that includes case narratives with videos.

Congratulations to the 2018 Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy award winners. Among them is JNPT Associate Editor Catherine Lang, who was honored with the Excellence in Neurologic Research award.

JNPT would also like to extend a special thank you to our great team of reviewers and editorial board members, whose diligent work helps make JNPT such a great journal and resource for neurologic physical therapy.​

Enjoy the issue,

George Fulk, PT, PhD 

Digital Media Editor​

​JNPT invites original research articles for a special issue on Parkinson Disease. This special issue, scheduled for publication in January 2019, will feature manuscripts that provide a deeper understanding of neurologic physical therapy and exercise interventions for people with PD, as well as the possible mechanisms underlying improvement.

Prospective authors are encouraged to contact the Special Issue Editors: Terry Ellis (tellis@bu.edu), Lee Dibble (Lee.Dibble@hsc.Utah.edu), or Daniel Peterson (daniel.peterson1@asu.edu) regarding their submission. Please see the Call for Manuscripts​ page for more information.

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