Chapter 1: Introduction (under construction)

Last updated Dec. 26 2015 by Francisco Valero-Cuevas


Neuromechanics is a perspective that highlights how real-world behavior emerges from the intimate relationship between the mechanical structure of the musculoskeletal system, the mechanical requirements of a task, and the feasible neural control actions to produce it. To understand these interactions, it is necessary to consider the anatomical fact that muscles act on vertebrate limbs via tendons. This is different from the more common mathematical formulation that focuses on analyzing the net action of all muscles at each joint. This deliberate consideration of tendon-driven limbs allows us to articulate the problem of neural control in a way that promotes the debate and refinement of current theories. This perspective has important consequences to understanding healthy function, disability, and rehabilitation; and to the design of novel versatile robots.

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Additional references and suggested reading:

Neuromechanics of Human Movement-5th Edition

By Roger Enoka

(1st edition was the 1988 book entitled Neuromechanical Basis of Kinesiology)

This text draws on the disciplines of neurophysiology and physics to explore how the nervous system controls the actions of muscles to produce human motion in relation to biomechanical principles.

© 2015 Hardback 504 pages ISBN-13: 9781450458801

Neuromechanics: An Integrative Approach for Understanding Motor Control

Kiisa Nishikawa, Andrew A. Biewener, Peter Aerts, Anna N. Ahn, Hillel J. Chiel, Monica A. Daley, Thomas L. Daniel, Robert J. Full, Melina E. Hale, Tyson L. Hedrick, A. Kristopher Lappin, T. Richard Nichols, Roger D. Quinn, Richard A. Satterlie and Brett Szymik.

Integrative and Comparative Biology, Vol. 47, No. 1 (Jul., 2007), pp. 16-54.

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