Journal Information
Vol. 28. Issue 4. (In progress)
(1 July 2024)
This issue is in progress but contains articles that are final and fully citable.
Systematic review
Determinants of cardiorespiratory fitness measured by cardiopulmonary exercise testing in COVID-19 survivors: a systematic review with meta-analysis and meta‑regression
Mansueto Gomes-Neto, Katna de Oliveira Almeida, Helena França Correia, Juliana Costa Santos, Vinicius Afonso Gomes, Juliane Penalva Costa Serra, André Rodrigues Durães, Vitor Oliveira Carvalho

  • Cardiorespiratory fitness measured by cardiopulmonary exercise testing is consistently impaired in COVID-19 survivors.

  • The degree of reduction of cardiorespiratory fitness is inversely associated with age, time post-COVID-19, disease severity, presence of dyspnea, and reduced exercise capacity.

  • Future research should investigate the mechanisms of cardiorespiratory fitness reduction in addition to investigating possible therapeutic strategies to maximize fitness post COVID-19.

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Original research
Embedded motivational interviewing combined with a smartphone application to increase physical activity in people with sub-acute low back pain: a cluster randomised controlled trial
Jason Holden, Paul O'Halloran, Megan Davidson, Jeff Breckon, Wenny Rahayu, Melissa Monfries, Nicholas F. Taylor

  • Embedded motivational interviewing for low back pain was not superior to usual physical therapy care.

  • Embedded motivational interviewing is a new skill for physical therapists.

  • Understanding the intended purpose of healthcare apps may foster engagement.

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Open Article
Effects of technological running shoes versus barefoot running on the intrinsic foot muscles, ankle mobility, and dynamic control: a novel cross-sectional research
María García-Arrabé, Iván Batuecas-Sánchez, Silvia de Vidania, María Bravo-Aguilar, Beatriz Ruiz-Ruiz, Carlos Romero-Morales

  • Tech footwear linked to reduced foot muscle vs. barefoot.

  • Barefoot group shows significantly higher ankle dorsiflexion ROM.

  • No significant dynamic balance differences found between groups.

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Open Article
Acute predictors of self-rated health in individuals with stroke at 3 and 12 months after hospital discharge
Camila Lima Gervásio Mendes, Kênia Kiefer Parreiras de Menezes, Nathália Aparecida Gravito Rodrigues, Janaine Cunha Polese, Iza de Faria-Fortini, Christina Danielli Coelho de Morais Faria

  • Age ≥65 and dependence are predictors of worse general self-rated health (SRH) 3 months post-stroke.

  • Motor impairment is a predictor of worse time-comparative SRH 3 months post-stroke.

  • Being female is a predictor of worse time-comparative SRH 12 months post-stroke.

  • Dependence is a predictor of worse time-comparative SRH 12 months post-stroke.

  • Age and motor impairments were the strongest SRH predictors.

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Functional capacity using sit-to-stand tests in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and its relationship with disease severity–a cross-sectional study with matched controls
Ana Machado, Cíntia Dias, Patrícia Rebelo, Sara Souto-Miranda, Maria Aurora Mendes, Diva Ferreira, Vitória Martins, Paula Simão, ... Alda Marques

  • 23–33% of people with COPD have impaired functional capacity.

  • Decreased functional capacity is present across all GOLD classifications.

  • History of exacerbations and symptoms lead to further decline in the 1-minSTS.

  • Other measures correlate poorly with measures of functional capacity.

  • Other measures have limited discriminative ability for functional capacity.

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Open Article
Does Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation reduce central and peripheral muscle fatigue in recreational runners? A triple-blind, sham-controlled, randomized, crossover clinical study
Laura Uehara, Daniel Boari Coelho, Abrahão Fontes Baptista, Lucas Santana, Rafael Jardim Duarte Moreira, Yossi Zana, Luciana Malosá, Taiane Lima, ... Fernanda Ishida Corrêa

  • Fatigue can be a limiting factor for runners.

  • Fatigue is any reduction in the capacity to produce maximum muscle strength.

  • Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation has been studied in sports.

  • One Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation session does not decrease fatigue in recreational runners.

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Patients' perspectives on planned interventions tested in the Otago MASTER feasibility trial: an implementation-based process evaluation study
Daniel Cury Ribeiro, Amanda Wilkinson, Vander Gava, Sarah E. Lamb, J. Haxby Abbott

  • We identified key barriers and facilitators for patients to participate in the trial.

  • Participants took part in the study to access healthcare services and contribute to research.

  • Participants valued interventions received.

  • Participants highlighted areas for improvement when designing the full trial.

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Open Article
Reliability and construct validity of the Craniocervical Flexion Test in patients with migraine
Amanda Rodrigues, Gabriela Ferreira Carvalho, Lidiane Lima Florencio, Jaqueline Martins, Carina Ferreira Pinheiro-Araújo, Milena Dietrich Deitos Rosa, Fabíola Dach, Débora Bevilaqua-Grossi

  • The CCFT has good intra-examiner reliability in patients with migraine.

  • The CCFT has moderate inter-rater reliability in patients with migraine.

  • Headache disability and cervical flexors endurance are correlated with CCFT performance.

  • The SEM (1.31 and 1.36 mmHg) are smaller than a CCFT stage.

  • The MDC (3.63 and 3.77 mmHg) correspond to two CCFT stages.

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Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy
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