Physical Therapy Research
Physical Therapy Research (PTR) is an official journal of the Japanese Society of Physical Therapy. This peer-reviewed international journal focuses on research in physical therapy and related fields (previously Journal of the Japanese Physical Therapy Association (JJPTA)). Article types accepted are: Scientific Research Articles (Original Article), Case Studies, Brief Reports, and other articles and reports deemed appropriate for publication by the Editorial Board, such as Systematic Reviews, Clinical Notes, Professional Reports, and Perspectives. No submission or publication fee is charged up to a fixed amount of words (please refer to the submission regulations for details).
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289 registered articles
(updated on September 25, 2023)
Online ISSN : 2189-8448
ISSN-L : 2189-8448
About the journal

Physical Therapy Research (PTR) is an official journal of the Japanese Society of Physical Therapy. This peer-reviewed international journal focuses on research in physical therapy and related fields (previously Journal of the Japanese Physical Therapy Association (JJPTA)). Article types accepted are: Scientific Research Articles (Original Article), Case Studies, Brief Reports, and other articles and reports deemed appropriate for publication by the Editorial Board, such as Systematic Reviews, Clinical Notes, Professional Reports, and Perspectives. No submission or publication fee is charged up to a fixed amount of words (please refer to the submission regulations for details).

Published by Japanese Society of Physical Therapy   

Our Editorial team
  • Hiroyuki Shimada

    National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology

  • Tome Ikezoe

    Editorial Board
    Kansai Medical University
    【Special Field】Geriatric medicine, Health promotion

    【Academic Achievements】
    1) Ikezoe T, Kobayashi T, et al.: Effects of low-load, higher-repetition versus high-load, lower-repetition resistance training not performed to failure on muscle strength, mass, and echo intensity in healthy young men: a time-course study. J Strength Cond Res. 2017 [Epub ahead of print]
    2) Ikezoe  T,  Nakamura  M, et al.: Association  between walking ability and trunk and lower-limb muscle atrophy in institutionalized elderly women: a longitudinal pilot study. J Physiol Anthropol, 2015: 28; 34-31.
    3) Ikezoe T, Asakawa Y, et al.: Daytime physical activity patterns and physical fitness in institutionalized elderly women: An exploratory study. Arch Gerontol Geriatr 2013; 57: 221-225.
    4) Ikezoe T, Mori N, et al.: Effects of age and inactivity due to prolonged bed rest on atrophy of trunk muscles. Eur J Appl Physiol 2012; 112: 43-48.
    5) Ikezoe T, Asakawa Y, et al.: Associations of muscle stiffness and thickness with muscle strength and muscle power in elderly women. Geriatr Gerontol Int 2012; 12:86-92.
  • Masayuki Uchi

    Editorial Board
    Toho University Omori Medical Center
    【Special Field】Cardiovascular, Pulmonary and metabolic Physical Therapy

    【Academic Achievements】
    1)Excellent article prize 2006, Granting Body: The Japanese college of cardiology
    Article: Feasibility of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation in Patients With Idiopathic Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Treated With Intravenous Prostacyclin Infusion Therapy, J Cardiol 2005 Nov; 46(5): 183?193
  • Fuminari Kaneko

    Editorial Board
    Keio University

  • Yasuaki Kusumoto

    Editorial Board
    Fukushima Medical University

  • Masafumi Kubota

    Editorial Board
    Kanazawa University

  • Ryo Kozu

    Editorial Board
    Nagasaki University
    【Special Field】Cardiorespiratory physiotherapy

    【Academic Achievements】
    1) Itaki M, Kozu R, Tanaka K, Senjyu H; Clinical Pulmonary Functions Committee of the Japanese Respiratory Society; Development Committee for Reference Values for the Field Walking Tests of the Japanese Society for Respiratory Care and Rehabilitation. Reference equation for the incremental shuttle walk test in Japanese adults. Respir Investig. 2018;56:497-502.
    2) Morimoto Y, Sekino M, Eishi K, Kozu R. Recovery of muscle weakness and physical function in a patient with severe ICU-acquired weakness following pulmonary embolism: A case report. Clin Case Rep. 2018;6:1214-1218.
    3) Hanada M, Kanetaka K, Hidaka S, Taniguchi K, Oikawa M, Sato S, Eguchi S, Kozu R. Effect of early mobilization on postoperative pulmonary complications in patients undergoing video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery on the esophagus. Esophagus. 2018;15:69-74.
    4) Tanaka K, Senjyu H, Tawara Y, Tanaka T, Asai M, Tabusadani M, Honda S, Sawai T, Kozu R. Effects of Systematic Intervention for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease on Follow-up and Smoking Cessation Rates and Changes of the Pulmonary Function: A 7-year Longitudinal Study in a Japanese Rural City. Intern Med. 2018;57:2315-2323.
    5) Suyama K, Kozu R, Tanaka T, Ishimatsu Y, Sawai T. Exposure to environmental tobacco smoke from husband more strongly impacts on the airway obstruction of nonsmoking women. Int J Chron Obstruct Pulmon Dis. 2017;13:149-155.
  • Kenichi Kono

    Editorial Board
    International University of Health and Welfare

  • Harutoshi Sakakima

    Editorial Board
    Kagoshima University
    【Special Field】Neuroscience

    【Academic Achievements】
    1. Otsuka S, Sakakima H et al., The neuroprotective effects of preconditioning exercise on brain damage and neurotrophic factors after focal brain ischemia in rats. Behav Brain Res. 2016 15;303:9-18.
    2. Yoshida Y, Sakakima H et al., Midkine in repair of the injured nervous system. Br J Pharmacol. 2014;171:924-30. 
    3. Sakakima H, Ijiri K et al., A newly developed robot suit hybrid assistive limb facilitated walking rehabilitation after spinal surgery for thoracic ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament: a case report. Case Rep Orthop. 2013;2013:621405.
    4. Sakakima H, Khan M et al., Stimulation of functional recovery via the mechanisms of neurorepair by S-nitrosoglutathione and motor exercise in a rat model of transient cerebral ischemia and reperfusion. Restor Neurol Neurosci. 2012;30:383-96.
  • Seiichiro Shimada

    Editorial Borad
    University of Fukui hospital
    【Special Field】musculo-skeletal disordes, kinesiology

    【Academic Achievements】
    1) Naruse H, Fujisawa TX, Yatsuga C, Kubota M, Matsuo H, Takiguchi S, Shimada S, et al.: Increased anterior pelvic angle characterizes the gait of children with attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Plos One. 2017; 12: e0170096.
    2) Matsuo H, Uchida K, Nakajima H, Guerrero AR, Watanabe S, Takeura N, Sugita D, Shimada S, et al.: Early transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation reduces hyperalgesia and decreases activation of spinal glial cells in mice with neuropathic pain. Pain. 2014; 155: 1888-1901.
    3) Kubota M, Uchida K, Kokubo Y, Shimada S, et al.: Postoperative gait analysis and hip muscle strength in patients with pelvic ring fracture. Gait Posture. 2013; 38: 385-390.
    4) Kobayashi S, Yoshizawa H, Shimada S, et al.: Changes of blood flow, oxygen tension, action potential and vascular permeability induced by arterial ischemia or venous congestion on the spinal cord in canine model. J Orthop Res. 2013; 31: 139-146.
    5) Miyazaki T, Uchida K, Sato M, Watanabe S, Yoshida A, Wada M, Shimada S, et al.: Knee laxity after staircase exercise predicts radiographic disease progression in medial compartment knee osteoarthritis. Arthritis Rheum. 2012; 64: 3908-3916.
  • Kenich Sugawara

    Editorial Board
    Kanagawa University of Human Services
    【Special Field】motor control, neurophysiology

    【Academic Achievements】
    1)Sugawara K, Tanabe S, Suzuki T, Higashi T. Effect of neuromuscular electrical stimulation on motor cortex excitability upon release of tonic muscle contraction. Somatosens Mot Res 2016: 1-8
    2)Sugawara K, Tanabe S, Suzuki T, Saito K, Higashi T. Modification of motor cortex excitability during muscle relaxation in motor learning. Behav Brain Res 2016; 296: 78-84
    3)Functional Plasticity of surround inhibition in the motor cortex during single finger contraction training,: Sugawara K, Tanabe S, Higashi T, Suzuki T, Tsurumi T, Kasai T. Neuroreport 1:23(11):663-667. 2012
    4)Different motor learning effects on excitability changes of motor cortex in muscle contraction state, Kenichi Sugawara1, Shigeo Tanabe, Tomotaka Suzuki, & Toshio Higashi. Somatosens Mot Res, Early Online: 1?7, 2013
    5)Different motor learning effects on excitability changes of motor cortex in muscle contraction state, Kenichi Sugawara1, Shigeo Tanabe, Tomotaka Suzuki, & Toshio Higashi. Somatosens Mot Res, Early Online: 1?7, 2013
  • Tetsuya Takahashi

    Editorial Board
    Juntendo University
    【Special Field】Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, Frailty, Critical Care

    【Academic Achievements】
    1. Sugie M, Harada K, Takahashi T, Nara M, Ishikawa J, Tanaka J, Koyama T, Fujimoto H, Obuchi S, Kyo S, Ito H. Relationship between hand grip strength and peak VO2 in community-dwelling elderly outpatients. Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle ‐ Clinical Reports 2018;3(1): DOI:
    2. Nara M, Sugie M, Takahashi T, Koyama T, Sengoku R, Fujiwara Y, Obuchi S, Harada K, Kyo S, Ito H. Japanese version of the Montreal Cognitive Assessment cut-off score to clarify improvement of mild cognitive impairment after exercise training in community-dwelling older adults. Geriatr Gerontol Int. 2018 Jun;18(6):833-838.
    3. Takahashi T, Sugie M, Nara M, Koyama T, Obuchi SP, Harada K, Kyo S, Ito H. Femoral muscle mass relates to physical frailty components in community-dwelling older people. Geriatr Gerontol Int. 2017 Oct;17(10):1636-1641.
    4. Otsuka S, Morisawa T, Yuguchi S, Hojo Y, Matsuo T, Nakajima M, Ishida A, Takahashi T. Clinical importance of change in physical activity after endovascular treatment combined with exercise training in patients with peripheral arterial disease. Heart Vessels. 2017 Feb;32(2):143-148.
    5. Takahashi T, Kumamaru M, Jenkins S, Saitoh M, Morisawa T, Matsuda H. In-patient step count predicts re-hospitalization after cardiac surgery. J Cardiol. 2015 Oct;66(4):286-91.

  • Hiroshige Tateuchi

    Editorial Board
    Kyoto University
    【Special Field】Musculoskeletal physical therapy, Postural control and gait

    【Academic Achievements】
    1) Tateuchi H, Koyama Y, et al.: Daily cumulative hip moment is associated with radiographic progression of secondary hip osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2017; 25: 1291-1298.
    2) Tateuchi H, Koyama Y, et al.: Radiographic and clinical factors associated with one-leg standing and gait in patients with mild-to-moderate secondary hip osteoarthritis. Gait Posture. 2016; 49: 207-212.
    3) Tateuchi H, Shiratori S, et al.: The effect of three-dimensional postural change on shear elastic modulus of the iliotibial band. J Electromyogr Kinesiol. 2016; 28: 137-142.
    4) Tateuchi H, Koyama Y, et al.: Associations of radiographic degeneration and pain with daily cumulative hip loading in patients with secondary hip osteoarthritis. J Orthop Res. 2016; 34: 1977-1983.
    5) Tateuchi H, Shiratori S, et al.: The effect of angle and moment of the hip and knee joint on iliotibial band hardness. Gait Posture. 2015; 41: 522-528.
  • Eiki Tsushima

    Editorial Borad
    Hirosaki University
    【Special Field】Motion analysis, Epidemiology and biostatistics

    【Academic Achievements】
    1) Yonmi N, Eiki T.: Relationship of observed gait deviations with physical functions and walking ability in stroke patients. Hirosaki Med J. 2017; 67: 166-178.
    2) Akira I, Eiki T, et al.: Reliability of measurements of hip abduction strength obtained with a hand-held dynamometer. Physiother Theory Pract. 2015; 31: 146-152.
    3) Ieiri A, Tushima E,et al.: What Predicts 36-Item Health Survey Version 2 After Total Hip Arthroplasty. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2013; 94: 902-909.
    4) Ning L, Eiki T, et al.: Comparison of impact force attenuation by various combinations of hip protector and flooring material using a simplified fall-impact simulationdevice. J Biomech. 2013; 46: 1140-1146.
    5) Hideki S, Eiki T, et al.: Preliminary study of visual information-seeking behavior of elderly and young women walking on snow-covered and icy pavement. Med Biol. 2012; 156: 754-759.
  • Takehiko Doi

    Editorial Board
    National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology

  • Yasuhide Nakayama

    Editorial Board
    The Jikei University School of Medicine
    【Special Field】Postural Control, Neurological Physiotherapy

    【Academic Achievements】
    1) Nakayama Y, Abo M: The Feasibility of the Adaptation of Ability for Basic Movement Scale II for Patients with Parkinson Disease. Brain Neurorehabil. 2018 Sep;11(2):e17. DOI: 10.12786/bn.2018.11.e17.
    2) Okamichi A, Abo M, Nakayama Y: Effects of Combination Therapy of Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and Intensive Physiotherapy on Adult Patients with Cerebral Palsy-Study of Two Patients with Spastic Diplegia. Int J Phys Med Rehabil, 2018, Vol 6(4). DOI: 10.4172/2329-9096.1000475.
    3) Nakayama Y, Iijima S, et al.: Effect of home-based training using a slant board with dorsiflexed ankles on walking function in post-stroke hemiparetic patients. J Phys Ther Sci, 2016; 28: 2353-2357.
    4) Yoshida H, Nakayama Y, et al.: Features of berg balance scale items in patients after surgical treatment for hip fracture. Tokyo Jikeikai medical Journal, 2016; 131: 19-25.
    5) Nakayama Y, Kishino K, et al.: Relation with the disease-specific measurement of the Parkinson’s disease and Ability for Basic Movement Scale. Japanese Journal of Comprehensive Rehabilitation, 2015; 16: 14-20.
  • Ippei Nojima

    Editorial Board
    Shinshu University

  • Hiroyuki Hashidate

    Editorial Board
    Kyorin University
    【Special Field】Geriatric Physical Therapy

    【Academic Achievements】
    1) Hashidate H, Shimada H, et al.: Measuring indoor life-space mobility at home in older adults with difficulty to perform outdoor activities. J Geriatr Phys Ther. 2013 36(3):109-14.
    2) Hashidate H, Harada K, et al.: Behavioral and psychological symptoms in elderly people with cognitive impairment. Differences between assessment at home and at an adult day-care facility. Nihon Koshu Eisei Zasshi. 2012 Aug;59(8):532-43.
    3) Hashidate H, Shimada H, et al.: The effect of combined functional training with muscle strengthening on everyday function in community-dwelling elderly individuals. The Journal of Japanese Physical Therapy Association. 2012 39(3):159-66.
    4) Hashidate H, Shiomi T, et al.: Effects of 6-month combined functional training on muscle strength, postural balance, and gait performance in community-dwelling individuals with chronic stroke hemiparesis. J Phys Ther Sci. 2011 23: 617-23.
    5) Hashidate H, Shiomi T, et al.: Effects of 3-month combined functional training at an adult day-care facility on lower extremity muscle strength and gait performance in community-dwelling people with chronic hemiparesis. J Phys Ther Sci 2011 23: 607-11.
  • Kazuhiro Harada

    Editorial Board
    Kibi International University
    【Special Field】medical rehabilitation, applied health science

    【Academic Achievements】
    1) Akazawa N, Harada K, et al. Relationships between muscle mass, intramuscular adipose and fibrous tissues of quadriceps, and gait independence in chronic stroke survivors. Physiotherapy 2017. pii: S0031-9406(17)30334-6.
    2) Umeki S, Nishida K, Akiyoshi Y, Goto J, Kawano Y, Harada K. The comparison of Functional Independent Measure changes in acute ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke: a matched study using propensity score. J Stroke, 2017. (in JAPANESE)
    3) Antidepressant-like effect of 1α-hydroxyvitamin D3 on mice in the forced swimming test
    Kawamura A, Kitamura Y, Tanida N, Akiyama J, Mizutani M, Harada K, Morishita M, Inoue S, Kano Y, Okano T, Takeda E
    J Nutr Aci Vitaminol 63 81-84 2017
    4) Okamae A, Harada K, et al. Neuropsychiatric Symptoms among Frail Elderly Persons Change after a Short-term Stay in a Geriatric Health Care Facility:Two-day Reliability and Validity of Neuropsychiatric Symptom Scales. RIGAKURYOUHOUGAKU 44(1) 19-27 2017 (in JAPANESE)
    5) Akazawa N, Harada K, et al. Minimal clinically important difference of the hip flexion angle in healthy adult males. Journal of Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation. 25(4) 367-373, 2015  (in JAPANESE)
  • Yumi Higuchi

    Editorial Board
    Osaka Prefecture University

  • Noriaki Maeda

    Editorial Board
    Hiroshima University

  • Hyuma Makizako

    Editorial Board
    Kagoshima University
    【Special Field】 Gerontology, Frailty prevention

    【Academic Achievements】
    1) Makizako H, Shimada H, Doi T, et al. Effects of a community disability prevention program for frail older adults at 48-month follow up. Geriatr Gerontol Int 2017, 17(12): 2347-2353.
    2) Makizako H, Shimada H, Doi T, et al. Age-dependent changes in physical performance and body composition in community-dwelling Japanese older adults. J Cachexia Sarcopenia Muscle 2017, 8(4):607-614.
    3) Makizako H, Shimada H, Doi T, et al. Predictive cutoff values of the Five-Times-Sit-to-Stand and Timed Up and Go Tests for disability incidence among community-dwelling older people. Phys Ther 2017, 97(4):417-424.
    4) Makizako H, Shimada H, Doi T, et al. Comorbid mild cognitive impairment and depressive symptoms predict future dementia in community older adults: a 24-month follow-up longitudinal study. J Alzheimers Dis 2016, 54(4):1473-1482.
    5) Makizako H, Shimada H, Tsutsumimoto K, et al. Social frailty in community-dwelling older adults as a risk factor for disability. J Am Med Dir Assoc 2015, 16(11): 1003.e4-11.
  • Ken Muramatsu

    Editorial Board
    Kyorin University

  • Shinichiro Morishita

    Editorial Board
    Fukushima Medical University

  • Tomofumi Yamaguchi

    Editorial Board
    Juntendo University

  • Minoru Yamada

    Editorial Board
    Tsukuba University

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  • Biology, Life Sciences and Basic Medicine
  • General Medicine, Social Medicine, and Nursing Sciences
  • Clinical Medicine
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