Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Journal Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine; American Congress of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; American Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, WB Saunders

Journal description

Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation has distinguished itself through its coverage of the specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation and of the more interdisciplinary field of rehabilitation. The journal publishes original articles that report on important trends and developments in these fields. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation brings readers authoritative information on the therapeutic utilization of physical and pharmaceutical agents in providing comprehensive care for persons with disabilities and chronically ill individuals.

Current impact factor: 2.57

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 2.565
2013 Impact Factor 2.441
2012 Impact Factor 2.358
2011 Impact Factor 2.282
2010 Impact Factor 2.254
2009 Impact Factor 2.184
2008 Impact Factor 2.159
2007 Impact Factor 1.814
2006 Impact Factor 1.826
2005 Impact Factor 1.734
2004 Impact Factor 1.656
2003 Impact Factor 1.35
2002 Impact Factor 1.327
2001 Impact Factor 1.371
2000 Impact Factor 1.409
1999 Impact Factor 1.134
1998 Impact Factor 1.078
1997 Impact Factor 1.078
1996 Impact Factor 1.315
1995 Impact Factor 1.084
1994 Impact Factor 1.041
1993 Impact Factor 0.738
1992 Impact Factor 0.718

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 2.97
Cited half-life >10.0
Immediacy index 0.62
Eigenfactor 0.02
Article influence 0.94
Website Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation website
Other titles Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation
ISSN 0003-9993
OCLC 1513891
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

Publisher details

WB Saunders

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    • Publisher last reviewed on 03/07/2015
    • 'WB Saunders' is an imprint of 'Elsevier'
  • Classification
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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Objective To investigate the longitudinal effects of Wheelchair Rugby (WR) training on body composition of tetraplegic subjects. Design Subjects were evaluated at baseline (T1) and after WR training (T2). Setting Faculty of Physical Education Settings. Participants Thirteen tetraplegic individuals (26.6±6.0 years). Interventions Four sessions per week of WR training composed by aerobic and anaerobic activities, and technical and tactical aspects of WR. The average time of intervention was 8.1 ± 2.5 months. Main Outcome Measures body composition assessed by Dual-energy W-ray Absorptiometry. Results After training, fat mass was significantly reduced in the whole body (15,191±4,603 vs. 13,212±3,318 grams, p=0.016), trunk (7,058±2,639 vs. 5,693±1,498 grams, p=0.012) and legs (2,847±817 vs. 2,534±742 grams p=0.003). Conversely, increased bone mass content (BMC) (183±35 vs. 195±32 grams, p=0.010) and fat-free mass (2,991±549 vs. 3,332±602 grams, p=0.016) in the arms and reduced BMC in the trunk (553±82 vs. 521±86 grams, p=0.034) were observed after training. Furthermore, no significant correlation between the duration of training and changes in body composition was detected. Conclusions Regular WR training increased lean mass and bone mass content in the arms and decreased total body fat mass. Conversely, WR training was associated with decreased BMC in the trunk. These results suggest that regular WR training improves body composition in tetraplegic subjects. Key words: Spinal Cord Injury, Physical Fitness, Tetraplegia Abbreviations: SCI (Spinal Cord Injury), WH (Wheelchair Rugby), FM (Fat Mass), FFM (Fat-Free Mass), BMD (Bone Mineral Density), BMC (Bone Mineral Content), DXA (Dual X-Ray Absorptiometry), T1 (Baseline), T2 (Post-assessment)
    Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 09/2015; 96. DOI:10.1016/j.apmr.2015.09.007
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract Objective To determine the degree to which a high-frequency, low-magnitude vibration (HLV) signal emitted by a floor-based platform transmits to the distal tibia and distal femur of children with spastic cerebral palsy (CP) during standing. Design Cross-sectional study Setting University research laboratory Participants 4 to 12 year-old children with spastic CP who could stand independently (n=18) and typically developing children (n=10) participated in the study. Intervention Not applicable Main outcome measures The vibration signal at the HLV platform (∼33 Hz and 0.3 g), distal tibia and distal femur was measured using accelerometers. Degree of plantar flexor spasticity was assessed using the Modified Ashworth Scale. Results The HLV signal was greater (p<0.001) at the distal tibia than at the platform in children with CP (0.36±0.06 vs. 0.29±0.05 g) and controls (0.40 ± 0.09 vs. 0.24 ± 0.07 g). Although the HLV signal was also higher at the distal femur (0.35±0.09 g, p<0.001) than at the platform in controls, it was lower in children with CP (0.20±0.07 g, p<0.001). The degree of spasticity was negatively related to the HLV signal transmitted to the distal tibia (rs=-0.547) and distal femur (rs=-0.566) in children with CP (both p<0.05). Conclusions An HLV signal from a floor-based platform was amplified at the distal tibia, attenuated at the distal femur and inversely related to the degree of muscle spasticity in children with spastic CP. Whether this transmission pattern affects the adaptation of their bones to HLV requires further investigation.
    Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 09/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.apmr.2015.08.434.
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    ABSTRACT: To provide evidence for the existence of six myofascial meridians proposed by Myers (1997) based on anatomical dissection studies. Relevant articles published between 1900 and December 2014 were searched in MEDLINE (Pubmed), ScienceDirect and Google Scholar. Peer-reviewed human anatomical dissection studies reporting morphological continuity between the muscular constituents of the examined meridians were included. If no study demonstrating a structural connection between two muscles was found, papers on general anatomy of the corresponding body region were targeted. A continuity between two muscles was only documented if two independent investigators agreed that it was reported clearly. Also, two independent investigators rated methodological quality of included studies by means of a validated assessment tool (QUACS). The literature search identified 6589 articles. Of these, 62 papers met the inclusion criteria. The studies reviewed suggest strong evidence for the existence of three myofascial meridians: the superficial back line (all three transitions verified, based on 14 studies), the back functional line (all three transitions verified, 8 studies) and the front functional line (both transitions verified, 6 studies). Moderate to strong evidence is available for parts of the spiral line (five of nine verified transitions, 21 studies) and the lateral line (two of five verified transitions, 10 studies). No evidence exists for the superficial front line (no verified transition, 7 studies). The present systematic review suggests that most skeletal muscles of the human body are directly linked by connective tissue. Examining the functional relevance of these myofascial chains is the most urgent task of future research. Strain transmission along meridians would both open a new frontier for the understanding of referred pain and provide a rationale for the development of more holistic treatment approaches. Copyright © 2015 American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 08/2015; in press. DOI:10.1016/j.apmr.2015.07.023
  • Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 05/2015; 96(5):971-972. DOI:10.1016/j.apmr.2015.01.015
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract Objective To determine the effectiveness of functional electrical stimulation (FES) on drop foot in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), using data from standard clinical practice. Design Case series with a consecutive sample of FES users collected between 2008 and 2013. Setting Specialist FES center at a district general hospital. Participants Patients with MS who have drop foot (N=187) (117 women, 70 men; mean age, 55y [range, 27–80y]; mean duration since diagnosis, 11.7y [range, 1–56y]). A total of 166 patients were still using FES after 20 weeks, with 153 patients completing the follow-up measures. Interventions FES of the common peroneal nerve (178 unilateral, 9 bilateral FES users). Main Outcome Measures Clinically meaningful changes (ie, >.05m/s and >0.1m/s) and functional walking category derived from 10-m walking speed. Results An increase in walking speed was found to be highly significant (P<.001), both initially where a minimum clinically meaningful change was observed (.07m/s) and after 20 weeks with a substantial clinically meaningful change (.11m/s). After 20 weeks, treatment responders displayed a 27% average improvement in their walking speed. No significant training effect was found. Overall functional walking category was maintained or improved in 95% of treatment responders. Conclusions FES of the dorsiflexors is a well-accepted intervention that enables clinically meaningful changes in walking speed, leading to a preserved or an increased functional walking category.
    Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 04/2015; 96(4):667.
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    ABSTRACT: A formal definition of brain-computer interface (BCI) is as follows: a system that acquires brain signal activity and translates it into an output that can replace, restore, enhance, supplement, or improve the existing brain signal, which can, in turn, modify or change ongoing interactions between the brain and its internal or external environment. More simply, a BCI can be defined as a system that translates "brain signals into new kinds of outputs." After brain signal acquisition, the BCI evaluates the brain signal and extracts signal features that have proven useful for task performance. There are 2 broad categories of BCIs: implantable and noninvasive, distinguished by invasively and noninvasively acquired brain signals, respectively. For this supplement, we will focus on BCIs that use noninvasively acquired brain signals. Copyright © 2015 American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 03/2015; 96(3 Suppl). DOI:10.1016/j.apmr.2015.01.007
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    ABSTRACT: To assess awareness in subjects who are in a minimally conscious state by using an electroencephalogram-based brain-computer interface (BCI), and to determine whether these patients may learn to modulate sensorimotor rhythms with visual feedback, stereo auditory feedback, or both. Initial assessment included imagined hand movement or toe wiggling to activate sensorimotor areas and modulate brain rhythms in 90 trials (4 subjects). Within-subject and within-group analyses were performed to evaluate significant activations. A within-subject analysis was performed involving multiple BCI technology training sessions to improve the capacity of the user to modulate sensorimotor rhythms through visual and auditory feedback. Hospital, homes of subjects, and a primary care facility. Subjects (N=4; 3 men, 1 woman) who were in a minimally conscious state (age range, 27-53y; 1-12y after brain injury). Not applicable. Awareness detection was determined from sensorimotor patterns that differed for each motor imagery task. BCI performance was determined from the mean classification accuracy of brain patterns by using a BCI signal processing framework and assessment of performance in multiple sessions. All subjects demonstrated significant and appropriate brain activation during the initial assessment, and real-time feedback was provided to improve arousal. Consistent activation was observed in multiple sessions. The electroencephalogram-based assessment showed that patients in a minimally conscious state may have the capacity to operate a simple BCI-based communication system, even without any detectable volitional control of movement. Copyright © 2015 American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 03/2015; 96(3 Suppl). DOI:10.1016/j.apmr.2014.08.024
  • Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 03/2015; 96(3). DOI:10.1016/j.apmr.2013.06.010