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Tutorial Lecture: Functional Human Movements: Are they a better assessment of Athletic neuroperformance?
South East Regional Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine (2016)
  • Nicholas G Murray, Georgia Southern University
  • Douglas Powell, Campbell University
  • D. S. Blaise Williams, III, Virginia Commonwealth University
Abstract
Maintenance of upright posture during human movement (standing or walking) is described as a complex process requiring the integration of sensory and motor signals with cognitive and attentional demands. This process requires interaction of the individual, the given task and the external environment. The innate task demands and environment play a critical role in determining the characteristics of a successful postural control strategy. Common assessments of postural control such as during static upright stance and over ground walking may not adequately perturb the postural control system to assess the role that sensorimotor integration and neuromuscular performance play in the efficiency of locomotor tasks. Evidence suggests that functional human movement assessments such as balance perturbations or dual task paradigms may be more appropriate to replicate real world scenarios including sport-related activities. Investigations of these movement types may aid in elucidating the integrated feed forward and feedback mechanisms underlying motor control. The purpose of this tutorial lecture is to critically evaluate novel functional human movements, such WiiFit Soccer Heading Game and dual task gait, which emphasize dual task paradigm as they pertain to neuromuscular performance in athletics and recovery from injury. The aim of this lecture is to discuss how novel functional movements that replicate sport-related activity can accurately assess neuromuscular performance and recovery while comparing and contrasting traditional biomechanical measures of neuromuscular performance with these novel movement tasks.
Keywords
  • Functional human movements,
  • Assessment,
  • Athletic neuroperformance,
  • Posture,
  • Locomotor tasks,
  • Balance,
  • Dual tasks
Publication Date
February 19, 2016
Location
Greenville, SC
Citation Information
Nicholas G Murray, Douglas Powell and D. S. Blaise Williams. "Tutorial Lecture: Functional Human Movements: Are they a better assessment of Athletic neuroperformance?" South East Regional Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine (2016)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/nicholas-murray/49/