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New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy out now

New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy out now

The following are summaries of items appearing in the March 2014 issue of the New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy.

The New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy is the official journal of Physiotherapy New Zealand. The Journal invites authors to contribute articles relevant to any aspect of the theory and practice of physiotherapy.

The journal is open access and available at

Research reports
Activity patterns in people with neurological conditions. Katie Palmer, Jaime Thomas, and Suzie Mudge.

Walking is often impaired following a neurological insult; however, little is known how daily activity patterns are affected. The aims of this pilot study were to describe activity patterns of individuals with neurological conditions and examine the relationship between activity patterns and clinical walking tests.

Use and validation of the Balance Outcome Measure for Elder Rehabilitation in acute care. Suzanne S Kuys,Tom Crouch, Urszula E Dolecka, Michael Steele, Nancy L Low Choy.

This paper reports on the concurrent validity of the Balance Outcome Measure for Elder Rehabilitation (BOOMER) while investigating balance, mobility, and perceived confidence to undertake daily activities experienced by patients at discharge from an Internal Medicine Unit; and seeks to determine if there are differences between patients discharged to rehabilitation to those discharged to their usual residence.

The frequency of hamstring stretches required to maintain knee extension range of motion following an initial six-week stretching programme Duncan A Reid, Joshua Kim.

Stretching exercises are commonly prescribed in training and rehabilitation programmes. The purpose of this study was to determine the frequency of on-going hamstring stretching required to maintain knee extension range of motion (ROM) following an initial stretching programme.

Case Study
Can persons with paraplegia obtain training heart rates when boxing on the Nintendo Wii? Sharmella Roopchand-Martin, Gail Nelson, Carron.

The objective of this study was to determine whether playing the boxing game on the Nintendo WiiTM could produce heart rates within 50 to 80% of the estimated heart rate reserve in people with paraplegia.

Literature Review
A narrative review of hope after spinal cord injury: Implications for physiotherapy Amber Van Lit, Nicola Kayes.

The purpose of this narrative review was to investigate the literature regarding the role of hope after spinal cord injury, whether hope is beneficial and if so, whether there are strategies that may be incorporated into physiotherapy practice to support or foster hope.

Invited Clinical Commentary
Presenting the case for all physiotherapists in New Zealand to be in professional supervision Sarah Butler, Lesley Thornley.

Professional supervision is a formalised process of support and learning which allows practitioners to develop and expand their professional knowledge and competence. Its aim is to assist practitioners to assume responsibility for their own practice and to ultimately ensure enhanced care and safety for patients.

Clinically Applicable Paper
Clinical and morphological changes following two rehabilitation programs for acute hamstring strain injuries: a randomized clinical trial. Ashokan Arumugam.

The aim of this paper is to investigate differences between two rehabilitation programmes (progressive running and eccentric training [PRES] and progressive agility and trunk stabilization training [PATS]) on clinical and morphological recovery following acute hamstring injury.

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