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Journal of International Academy of Physical Therapy Research Vol.10 No.4 pp.1926-1933

Semantic Network Analysis of Physiotherapy Research: Based on Studies Published in the Journal of IAPTR

Junhyeok Goa,Dongmoon Yeumb,Nyeonjun Kimc,Myungil Choid
aDepartment of Health Science, Kyungbok University, Namyangju, Republic of Korea
bDepartment of Social Welfare, Changshin University, Changwon, Republic of Korea
cDepartment of Physical Therapy, Pohang University, Pohang, Republic of Korea
dDepartment of Advertising & Public Relations, Namseoul University, Cheonan, Republic of Korea


Background: Physical therapy has been widely studied in various fields, however, the academic trends and characteristics has not been systematically analyzed. Semantic network analysis is used as an approach for this study. Objective: To explore academic trends and knowledge system in the physiotherapy research in the Journal of International Academy Physical Therapy (J of IAPTR)
Study design : Literature review
Method: Semantic network analysis was conducted using the titles of 272 articles published in the Journal of IAPTR from 2001 to 2010.
Results: Frequency analysis revealed following most frequently used key words; Stroke (27 times), Balance (21 times), Elder (13 times), Forward head posture (FHP, 11 times), Muscle activity (9 times). The relationship between the presented keywords is divided into six subgroups (FHP and pain, walk and quality, elder and balance, stroke and apoptosis, muscle strength and function) according to their correlation and frequency to be used together.
Conclusion: The study is considered to be of help to researchers who want to identify research trends in physiotherapy.