Towards the Neuromotor Control Processes of Walking.

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Towards the Neuromotor Control Processes of Steady-State and Speed-Matched Treadmill and Overground Walking.

Brain Topogr. 2019 Jan 24;:

Authors: Herold F, Aye N, Hamacher D, Schega L

Abstract
The neuromotor control of walking relies on a network of subcortical and cortical structures. While kinematic differences between treadmill and overground walking are extensively studied, the neuromotor control processes are still relatively unknown. Hence, this study aims to investigate cortical activation during steady-state treadmill and overground walking using functional near-infrared spectroscopy, inertial measurement units and a heart rate monitor. We observed a higher concentration of oxygenated hemoglobin in prefrontal cortices, premotor cortices and supplementary motor areas during treadmill walking. Therefore, our results suggest that treadmill walking requires higher demands on cortical neuromotor control.

PMID: 30680671 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]

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