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It's been a big year for PTJ: Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation, APTA's scientific journal. Not only did the journal undergo a rebranding (including a name adjustment to capture the wide reach of published articles), PTJ shifted to a "continuous publication" format in which articles were posted as they were finalized, rather than being saved up for a scheduled issue months later. The result — more timely access to research and other articles for members.

At the same time, PTJ continued its innovative COVID-19 "virtual issue," a steadily growing repository of research articles, often fast-tracked, focused on physical therapy and rehabilitation's role in responding to the pandemic and its aftermath.

Here's a look back at the 10 most downloaded PTJ articles published in 2021. (If you want to dive deeper into the journal's back catalog, simply visit the PTJ "browse issues" page, and if you want to keep up with the latest content, sign up for PTJ email alerts.)

  1. Effectiveness of Telerehabilitation in Physical Therapy: A Rapid Overview
  2. A New Definition of Pain: Update and Implications for Physical Therapist Practice and Rehabilitation Science
  3. Physical Therapy Management of an Individual With Post-COVID Syndrome: A Case Report
  4. Effectiveness of Telerehabilitation in Physical Therapist Practice: An Umbrella and Mapping Review With Meta–Meta-Analysis 
  5. eLearning in Physical Therapy: Lessons Learned From Transitioning a Professional Education Program to Full eLearning During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  6. Mobilization Started Within 2 Hours After Abdominal Surgery Improves Peripheral and Arterial Oxygenation: A Single-Center Randomized Controlled Trial
  7. Implicit and Explicit Motor Learning Interventions Have Similar Effects on Walking Speed in People After Stroke: A Randomized Controlled Trial
  8. Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing to Assess Persistent Symptoms at 6 Months in People With COVID-19 Who Survived Hospitalization: A Pilot Study
  9. Telerehabilitation During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Outpatient Rehabilitation Settings: A Descriptive Study
  10. Working on the Frontlines of the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Qualitative Study of Physical Therapists’ Experience in Spain  

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