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Introduction to Physiotherapy Practice and Research volume 43 issue 2

Thank you for taking the time to read the latest issue of Physiotherapy Practice and Research. As we come close to the holidays and the New Year, we would like to wish you every bit of luck in the subsequent year.

For our cardiorespiratory clinicians we have an examination of the minimum standards of clinical practice for physiotherapists working in critical care units in Ireland and a trial on the effects of prehabilitation and education in major abdominal and thoracic surgery length of stay. For those specializing in COVID-19, there is a manuscript on early rehabilitation in hospitalised patients with COVID-19.

Musculoskeletal practitioners have a bumper backed issue with a systematic review and meta-analysis on proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation in chronic low back and neck pain, a neurodynamic examination of the peroneal nerve in patients with radiculopathy and an evaluation of physiotherapist’s knowledge in acute ankle sprain and chronic ankle instability. In addition, we have a manuscript on a ten-week GAA warm-up intervention and the influence of agility and core endurance on visual reaction time in amateur male badminton players.

A scoping review of symptomatic hypermobility will be of particular interest to our paediatric practitioners. For those interested in neurology and care of the older person, we have a randomized pilot study on the effects of torso-weighting gait and stability for individuals with multiple sclerosis, along with a case study of managing benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) post head injury and a look at the knowledge of falls risk factors among physiotherapy students in Malaysia.

To round off this volume, we have articles on Telehealth, spinal cord injury in a Hindu population, professional development of Jordanian physiotherapists, and managing low back pain in Bangladesh.

Thank you for reading Physiotherapy Practice and Research, we hope you enjoy this issue and future issues to come.

Dr Jonathan Moran