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Special Issue "Biomechanics of the Exercising Animals"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2019).
Movement is an essential skill for all animals, yet the mechanisms and techniques employed to achieve this vary greatly within the animal kingdom. The discipline of biomechanics provides a framework to understand and explain the variety of ways that an animal’s form and function permits or optimises locomotion in relation to the ecological niche (for wildlife) or production system (for domestic species). However, the relationship between form and function is not static, as locomotion (exercise) induces stresses and loads that stimulate tissue responses as part of the adaptive process. An example of this is the interaction of exercise and changes in the material properties of tissues, such as the rapid and dynamic response of cortical bone at the mid-shaft of the third metacarpal bone (cannon bone) in Thoroughbred racehorses to only a few strides of galloping exercise.
In an animal production context, understanding the impacts that exercise and movement has on the form and function of the underlying structures (body systems) of an animal permits greater opportunity for the implementation of management systems that reduce the risk of injury and loss. In a feral or wildlife context, greater understanding of the form and function of wildlife can lead to implementation of improved conservation and management strategies.
This Special Issue “Biomechanics of the Exercising Animals” aims to demonstrate the breadth of current biomechanics research, the variation in how animals utilise different approaches to optimise locomotion and movement and the interactions of these with body systems.
Dr. Chris W. Rogers
Manuscript Submission Information
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- exercise physiology