Learn how age affects the function of neural pathways
As suggested by the reduction in motor neuron number (figure 9.35a), the number of neurons decreases and the functional capabilities of the CNS decline as we age. The adaptations that influence movement most directly extend from spinal reflexes to the coordination of multiple muscles in the performance of voluntary actions.
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Neuromechanics of Human Movement, Fifth Edition, draws on the disciplines of neurophysiology and physics to explore how the nervous system controls the actions of muscles to produce human motion. This contemporary approach is much different from the traditional approach, which focuses solely on mechanics and does not consider the role of the sensorimotor system in the control of human movement. Authored by Roger Enoka, a widely recognized and esteemed scholar in neuromechanics, this influential text is an essential resource in biomechanics, motor learning, and applied physiology, making complex information accessible to students.
With material based on updated research in the field, this fifth edition provides a scientific foundation to the study of human movement, and as such it uses precise terms and definitions when discussing ideas. An appendix showcases both the base and derived units of the metric system as well as other learning tools, including a glossary of terms and a comprehensive list of the equations presented throughout the text. The text includes 70 practical learning examples, giving students the opportunity to work through a variety of problems and explore current research and applications. Content is visually reinforced with 341 figures, including specific illustrations of the neuromechanics involved in sport and rehabilitation movements. References have been streamlined and moved to the end of each chapter to improve readability. And instructors will benefit from an image bank that includes most of the figures and tables from the text to use in course materials.
Significant content updates in the fifth edition present information relevant for both research and clinical environments, including more contemporary examples throughout the text and a new chapter on movement analysis. The following are additional key changes:
New figures that highlight and clarify key points
New information on energy costs
Debunking the concept of motor unit types
Detailed information on the center of mass trajectory
Explanation of neuromodulation
Additional content on PET imaging to help examine activity intensity
To encourage a comprehensive learning experience, this updated edition follows a logical progression where each part builds on the material from the previous section. It begins with an introduction to the biomechanical terms and concepts commonly used to describe movement, focusing on the relation between force and motion. Part II deals with the motor system and introduces essential concepts from neurophysiology required for understanding how movement is produced by the nervous system. Part III focuses on adaptability of the motor system, including the acute and chronic changes that can occur in response to deviations in an individual’s level of physical activity.
The fifth edition of Neuromechanics of Human Movement provides a scientific basis for the study of human movement while continuing to expand current knowledge in the fields of biomechanics and neurophysiology. By integrating these fields in a unique framework, this text offers professionals and students both valuable clinical information and inspiration to deepen their study of human movement.
Part I. The Force–Motion Relationship
Chapter 1. Describing Motion
Up and Down
Scalars and Vectors
Linear and Angular Motion
Curve Fitting and Smoothing
Chapter 2. Movement Forces
Laws of Motion
Describing Forces in Human Movement
Forces Due to Body Mass
Forces Due to the Surroundings
Chapter 3. Movement Analysis
Chapter 4. Running, Jumping, and Throwing
Walking and Running
Throwing and Kicking
Part II. The Motor System
Chapter 5. Excitable Membranes
Essentials of Electricity
Resting Membrane Potential
Chapter 6. Muscle and Motor Units
Chapter 7. Neural Control of Movement
Part III. Adaptability of the Motor System
Chapter 8. Acute Adjustments
Muscle Soreness and Damage
Chapter 9. Chronic Adaptations
Adaptations to Reduced Use
Motor Recovery After Nervous System Injury
Adaptations With Age
Appendix A: SI Units
Appendix B: Equations
About the Author
Upper-undergraduate and graduate textbook for students of biomechanics
or motor control; reference for professionals in biomechanics, motor
behavior, neuroanatomy, and muscle physiology and specialists in
musculoskeletal or neuromuscular rehabilitation.
Roger M. Enoka is professor in the department of integrative
physiology at the University of Colorado Boulder and a professor in the
departments of medicine (geriatrics) and neurology at the University of
Colorado Denver. He is also the director of the Neurophysiology of
Movement Lab. Previously he was a biomechanist in the department of
biomedical engineering at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and a
professor in the department of physiology at the University of Arizona.
For more than 30 years, Enoka has focused his research and teaching on
the combination of biomechanics and neurophysiology of movement.
Internationally known for his achievements as a teacher and researcher,
Enoka is the author of approximately 350 journal articles, books,
chapters, reviews, and abstracts, including the frequently cited article
“Neurobiology of Muscle Fatigue” published in the Journal
of Applied Physiology. He is a member of the American College of
Sports Medicine, American Physiological Society, International Society
of Biomechanics, and Society for Neuroscience. He is also a past
president and current member of the American Society of Biomechanics.
“This remains a leading book for the study of integrated
neurophysiology and biomechanics at the upper-collegiate level. Readers
who have prior knowledge in this field will find the content
challenging, while highly educational.”
Image bank. Includes most of the figures and tables from the book separated by chapter. The images are provided as separate files for easy insertion into tests, handouts, slide presentations, and other course materials.
The image bank is also available for purchase • ISBN 978-1-4504-9810-4