Special Issue "Implementation of the Up-to-Date Physiotherapy into the Health Care System"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Care Sciences & Services".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Monika Grygorowicz
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Guest Editor
1. Department of Physiotherapy, Poznan University of Medical Sciences, 61-701 Poznań, Poland
2. Rehasport Clinic, FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence, 60-201 Poznań, Poland
Interests: physiotherapy; injury prevention; sports medicine; health promotion; functional and biomechanical evaluation; evidence-based physiotherapy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is my pleasure and honor to announce the Special Issue titled “Implementation of Up-to-Date Physiotherapy in the Health Care System.” The development of the field of physiotherapy in recent years has been very noticeable—new techniques and new methods of applications have been introduced into therapy. Hence, the idea of the proposed Special Issue is to collect the most updated knowledge about the use and effectiveness of physiotherapy in various areas of medicine. I encourage the scientific community from all over the world to publish, in open access form, both original papers and high-quality reviews that raise the topic of up-to-date physiotherapy. This Special Issue might also be a place to share your own experiences and challenges in developing strategies to bring physiotherapy “closer to the patient” in the health care system, since early contact with physiotherapists has been confirmed to lead to advantages for patients. I am convinced that this Special Issue, supported by prominent scholars, will have a significant impact both on the scientific community and on physiotherapy practitioners. Together, we can make a big step forward in contributing to promoting the idea and methods of applying a very high standard of physiotherapy worldwide.

The novelty of the content and suitability for this Special Issue will be checked in the first instance, so you are welcome to send me the title and a short abstract for evaluation before submission. The final decision will be made based on at least two review reports.

I am looking forward to receiving your manuscripts.

Dr. Monika Grygorowicz
Guest Editor

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  • physiotherapy
  • rehabilitation
  • up-to-date knowledge
  • new techniques
  • health promotion
  • functional evaluation
  • objective analysis
  • exercise-based therapy
  • direct access

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Effectiveness of Swimming Program in Adolescents with Down Syndrome
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(14), 7441; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18147441 - 12 Jul 2021
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The aim of this study was to estimate the influence of a 33-week swimming program on aerobic capacity, muscle strength, balance, flexibility, and body composition of adolescents with Down syndrome (DS). Twenty-two adolescents diagnosed with DS were randomly allocated into the training group [...] Read more.
The aim of this study was to estimate the influence of a 33-week swimming program on aerobic capacity, muscle strength, balance, flexibility, and body composition of adolescents with Down syndrome (DS). Twenty-two adolescents diagnosed with DS were randomly allocated into the training group (T) and the control group (C). The T group participated in 33 weeks of water-based exercise and a swimming program while the control group maintained their normal daily activity. Following thirty-three weeks of swimming program, body mass, body fat, and BMI of the T group decreased significantly (from 56.8 ± 7.97 kg to 55.0 ± 7.11 kg, from 15.1 ± 4.47 kg to 13.2 ± 3.92 kg, and from 25.1 ± 2.37 to 24.0 ± 2.05, respectively) while a significant increase was recorded in C (from 57.3 ± 8.43 kg to 59.7 ± 8.29 kg, from 14.5 ± 2.76 kg to 16.0 ± 3.11 kg, and from 25.4 ± 2.46 to 26.0 ± 2.72, respectively). Moreover, significant improvement in aerobic capacity in the T group was noted; VO2max (mL/kg/min) increased by 16.3% in T and decreased by 4.8% in C. Improvement in static arm strength, trunk strength and endurance/functional strength were noted in T, while the parameters did not change in C. The speed of arm movement, balance and flexibility did not change following the intervention. Also, the aquatic skills improved significantly in the training group. Changes in C were not significant. The results of our study indicate that 33-week swimming program significantly improved health status and swimming skills in adolescents with DS. Full article
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