Human Movement Analysis and Postural Control Research

A special issue of Brain Sciences (ISSN 2076-3425). This special issue belongs to the section "Sensory and Motor Neuroscience".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2024 | Viewed by 1403

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Department of Sport Science, University of Innsbruck, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
Interests: control of human movement; kinematics; biomechanics; coordination; motor control theories; sensorimotor integration; postural control; stability; fall prevention; injury prevention; gait; sport neuros

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Department of Physical Therapy, School of Allied Health Sciences, University of Phayao, Phayao 56000, Thailand
Interests: human movement; postural control; neuromuscular control; motor control; coordination; gait; falling; sports; injury prevention; rehabilitation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The brain serves a vital role in orchestrating movement, and one of its most crucial functions is controlling posture to maintain an upright body position. In recent decades, extensive research efforts have been dedicated to unraveling the intricate neural processes that underlie postural control mechanisms.

This Special Issue is dedicated to advancing our understanding of human movement control, with a specific emphasis on postural control. While we welcome research contributions across the spectrum of human movement, we extend a special invitation to studies that explore postural control from a movement analysis perspective. The objective of this Special Issue is to explore the intricate intersection between neuroscience and human movement, offering insights into fundamental scientific inquiries as well as practical applications in therapy and training. For instance, we aim to unravel questions such as the following: How do neural mechanisms or adaptations within the neural system influence the nuances of postural movements? When discrepancies or alterations in these movement patterns emerge, what are the ramifications for the motor control models that are hypothesized to govern postural control? Furthermore, how can the principles of motor control be harnessed to enhance therapeutic interventions?

Researchers and experts are invited to contribute their insights, methodologies, and findings to shed light on these critical questions. Together, let us deepen our knowledge of the intricate relationship between the brain, postural control, and human movement, pushing the boundaries of our understanding and paving the way for innovative approaches in the field.

Prof. Dr. Peter Federolf
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Dr. Arunee Promsri
Guest Editor Assistant

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  • neuromechanics
  • human movement
  • motor control
  • motor learning
  • postural control strategies
  • postural stability
  • balance
  • fall prevention
  • movement disorders
  • motor control models
  • biomechanics

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Bilateral Deficits in Dynamic Postural Stability in Females Persist Years after Unilateral ACL Injury and Are Modulated by the Match between Injury Side and Leg Dominance
by Maité Calisti, Maurice Mohr and Peter Federolf
Brain Sci. 2023, 13(12), 1721; - 16 Dec 2023
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Previous research has documented brain plasticity after an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear and suggests that these neural adaptations contribute to poorer motor control. Since both brain hemispheres show adaptations, we hypothesized that reduced dynamic stability occurs not only in the injured, but [...] Read more.
Previous research has documented brain plasticity after an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear and suggests that these neural adaptations contribute to poorer motor control. Since both brain hemispheres show adaptations, we hypothesized that reduced dynamic stability occurs not only in the injured, but also the contralateral, uninjured leg. Further, given brain hemispheric specialization’s impact on motor coordination, we hypothesized the need to consider the injury side. A total of 41 female athletes and 18 controls performed single-leg jump-landings. Dynamic postural stability was measured as time-to-stabilization (TTS). We found reduced medio-lateral dynamic stability for the ACL injured leg (p = 0.006) with a similar trend for the contralateral leg (p = 0.050) compared to the control group. However, when distinguishing between injuries to the dominant and non-dominant legs, we found increased medio-lateral TTS only if the injury had occurred on the dominant side where landings on injured (p = 0.006) and contralateral (p = 0.036) legs required increased TTS. Assessments of dynamic stability, e.g., in the context of return-to-sport, should consider the injury side and compare results not only between the injured and the contralateral leg, but also to uninjured controls. Future research should not pool data from the dominant-leg ACL with non-dominant-leg ACL injuries when assessing post-injury motor performance. Full article
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