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Excerpt — Neuromechanics of Human Movement-5th Edition

Analyzing the energy cost of running gait

The displacement of the CM during walking and running largely depends on how the involved muscles accommodate the ground reaction forces that act on each foot during the stance phase.

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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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The significance of CPGs in spinal cord injuries

The existence of locomotor CPGs in the spinal cord has considerable significance for individuals with spinal cord injuries.

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