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December 2015

Volume 1 Issue 2

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Review Article

Current Airway Clearance Techniques in Cystic Fibrosis

Laura Ciobanu*

Pulmonary rehabilitation is the non-pharmacological treatment method aimed at alleviating symptoms, enhancing exercise capacity and improving health-related quality of life. It specifically acts in cystic fibrosis by improving sputum clearance, stimulating patients to be more physically active and self-confident. Physiotherapists play a central role in this process by delivering to the patients and actively teaching them physical exercises, a suitable method of airway clearance technique, and by encouraging self-adherence, a key action towards short and long-term results.

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Research Article

A Targeted Physical Activity Intervention for Parents and Their 8-9 Year Old Children: The Project “Togetherfit”

Ellen Ricke*, Barend J.C. Middelkoop, Geertje A.M. Ariëns, Han C.G. Kemper

Physical activity is defined as any bodily movement by skeletal muscles resulting in energy expenditure. Physical activity is associated with an increased life expectancy and a decreased risk of cardiovascular diseases, obesity, hypertension, diabetes, depression and osteoporosis. Unfortunately, sedentary behaviors such as computer use, television viewing and playing video games, consume children’s leisure time and adversely impact physical activity levels to the point of inactivity. So it is important that children should be motivated to be physically active. In addition it is known that children who engage in physical activity during childhood and adolescence are likely to be physically active adults, they have learned the importance of healthy behaviors throughout life.

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Editorial

The Role of Physiotherapy in Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury and Reconstruction

liopoulos Efthymios MD, Galanis Nikiforos MD PhD*

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture has become a very common injury and it is usually sports related. The incidence of this injury has an increasing tendency, as people tend to engage more with sporting activities; in the USA the incidence recently was from 100.000 to 200.000 per year [1]. There are three timing stages where physiotherapy has a very important role to this injury. The first stage is before the injury and the strategies we are adopting in order to avoid a potential ACL injury. The second stage is after the injury and how we end up deciding an operative or conservative management for the patient. The third stage is the rehabilitation protocol after the ACL reconstruction surgery. In all of these stages the physiotherapist has the primary role in the patient’s treatment.

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Research Article

Acute Effects of Assisted Jumping on Muscle Activation and Performance

Tori L. Beaudette, Lee E. Brown*, Jared W. Coburn, Scott K. Lynn, Andrea M. Du Bois, Dustin D. Dunnick

The ability to produce elevated levels of muscular power is critical in jumping sports. Increased power has been shown to improve vertical jumping which can enhance performance for athletes involved in competition. This increase in power could be the difference between success and failure in a specific sport. Traditionally, athletes train for power by overloading a muscle through resistance, therefore increasing strength, but enhanced velocity development is also a contributor to muscle power.

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