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  • Key words Multijoint movement control  (1)
  • Kinesthetic afferences  (1)
  • 1
    ISSN: 1432-1106
    Keywords: Interlimb coordination ; Kinesthetic afferences ; Passive movement ; Relative phase ; Human
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Abstract The disruption of three patterns of two-limb coordination, involving cyclical flexion-extension movements performed in the same or in different directions, was investigated through application of passive movement to a third limb by the experimenter. The three patterns referred to the homologous, homolateral, and heterolateral (diagonal) limb combinations which were performed in the sagittal plane. The passive movement involved a spatiotemporal trajectory that differed from the movements controlled actively. Even though subjects were instructed to completely ignore the passive limb movement, the findings of experiment 1 demonstrated a moderate to severe destabilization of the two-limb patterns, as revealed by analyses of power spectra, relative phase, cycle duration, and amplitude. This disruption was more pronounced in the homolateral and heterolateral than in the homologous effector combinations, suggesting stronger coupling between homologous than nonhomologous limb pairs. Moreover, passive mobilization affected antiphase (nonisodirectional) movements more than inphase (isodirectional) movements, pointing to the differential stability of these patterns. Experiment 2 focused on homolateral coordination and demonstrated that withdrawal of visual information did not alter the effects induced by passive movement. It was therefore hypothesized that the generation of extra kinesthetic afferences through passive limb motion was primarily responsible for the detriment in interlimb coordination, possibly conflicting with the sensory information accompanying active movement production. In addition, it was demonstrated that the active limbs were more affected by their homologous passive counterpart than by their non-homologous counterpart, favoring the notion of “specific” interference. The findings are discussed in view of the potential role of kinesthetic afferences in human interlimb coordination, more specifically the preservance of relative phasing through a kinesthetic feedback loop.
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  • 2
    ISSN: 1432-1106
    Keywords: Key words Multijoint movement control ; Elbow-wrist movement ; Interactive torques ; Coordination pattern
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Abstract  The present paper focused on the role of mechanical factors arising from the multijoint structure of the musculoskeletal system and their use in the control of different patterns of cyclical elbow-wrist movements. Across five levels of cycling frequency (from 0.45 Hz up to 3.05 Hz), three movement patterns were analyzed: (1) unidirectional, including rotations at the elbow and wrist in the same direction; (2) bidirectional, with rotation at the joints in opposite directions, and (3) free-wrist pattern, which is characterized by alternating flexions and extensions at the elbow with the wrist relaxed. Angular position of both joints and electromyographic activity of biceps, triceps, the wrist flexor, and the wrist extensor were recorded. It was demonstrated that control at the elbow was principally different from control at the wrist. Elbow control in all three patterns was similar to that typically observed during single-joint movements: elbow accelerations-decelerations resulted from alternating activity of the elbow flexor and extensor and were largely independent of wrist motion at all frequency plateaus. The elbow muscles were responsible not only for the elbow movement, but also for the generation of interactive torques that played an important role in wrist control. There were two types of interactive torques exerted at the wrist: inertial torque arising from elbow motion and restraining torque arising from physical limits imposed on wrist rotation. These interactive torques were the primary source of wrist motion, whereas the main function of wrist-muscle activity was to intervene with the interactive effects and to adjust the wrist movement to comply with the required coordination pattern. The unidirectional pattern was more in agreement with interactive effects than the bidirectional pattern, thus causing their differential difficulty at moderate cycle frequencies. When cycling frequency was further increased, both the unidirectional and bidirectional movements lost their individual features and acquired features of the free-wrist pattern. The deterioration of the controlled patterns at high cycling frequencies suggests a crucial role for proprioceptive information in wrist control. These results are suppportive of a hierachical organization of control with respect to elbow-wrist coordination, during which the functions of control at the elbow and wrist are principally different: the elbow muscles generate movement of the whole linkage and the wrist muscles produce corrections of the movement necessary to fulfill the task.
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