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Neurological Rehabilitation : Optimizing Motor Performance - Janet Carr

Neurological Rehabilitation

Optimizing Motor Performance

Paperback Published: 27th July 2010
ISBN: 9780702040511
Number Of Pages: 376

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Janet Carr and Roberta Shepherd head up a new team of eminent authors for the second edition of this definitive text on neurological physiotherapy. In the first edition, the authors described a model of neurological rehabilitation for individuals with motor dysfunction based on scientific research in the areas of neuromuscular control, biomechanics, motor skill learning, and the link between cognition and action, together with developments in pathology and adaptation.

The new edition continues to advance this model while identifying and incorporating the many advances that have occurred in the last decade in the understanding and treatment of adults with neurological conditions, whether caused by accident or disease. Among these advances is the knowledge that the brain retains a plastic potential to reorganize, even in old and/or lesioned brains, and that neural plasticity can be influenced by task-related mental and physical practice in a stimulating environment. There is also an increasing body of knowledge related to the musculoskeletal system's adaptability and the need to prevent length and stiffness- related changes in muscle contractility, together with loss of aerobic fitness and endurance. There is an expanding body of clinical research that appears to support the model provided here.

The training guidelines outlined in Neurological Rehabilitation are based on biomechanical constructs and motor relearning research, applied to enhance brain reorganization and muscle contractility, and encourage functional recovery of the patient. It connects science and clinical practice enabling students and practitioners to develop their knowledge and use new clinical methods based on modern scientific understanding.

Key Features

  • All chapters have been revised, some with the collaboration of five specialists who are engaged in high level scientific research and clinical practice
  • Biomechanical models are presented to provide a framework for action-specific training and exercise to improve performance
  • Clinical guidelines are science- and evidence-based
  • Emphasis is on new approaches to the delivery of neurological rehabilitation that increase the time spent in mental and physical activity, and the intensity of practice and exercise
  • Up-to-date referencing



Purchased this as a supporting text for neurological occupational therapy. It was quite honestly the most useless textbook I've purchased to date. Information, if what you needed was even included in the book (which for the most part it wasn't, lacking info on ALS, dementia, huntingtons, any sort of assessments, and numerous other conditions), was minimal and barely relevant to neurological rehabilitation in any setting.

Sydney, Australia



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Contributorsp. vii
Preface to the first editionp. ix
Preface to the second editionp. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Introduction: adaptation, training and measurement
The adaptive system: plasticity and recoveryp. 3
Training motor control, increasing strength and fitness and promoting skill acquisitionp. 15
Measurementp. 57
Task-related exercise and training
Standing up and sitting downp. 77
Walkingp. 95
Reaching and manipulationp. 123
Balancep. 163
Body function and structure, limitations in activities and participation
Upper motor neuron lesionsp. 193
Cerebellar ataxiap. 217
Somatosensory and perceptual-cognitive impairmentsp. 235
Strokep. 247
Traumatic brain injuryp. 281
Parkinson's diseasep. 307
Multiple sclerosisp. 335
Indexp. 351
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ISBN: 9780702040511
ISBN-10: 0702040517
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 376
Published: 27th July 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.6 x 18.9  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.73
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised