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dc.contributor.advisorClark, Jane Een_US
dc.contributor.authorKarim, Mohammad Ehsanulen_US
dc.date.accessioned2015-02-06T06:32:50Z
dc.date.available2015-02-06T06:32:50Z
dc.date.issued2014en_US
dc.identifierdoi:10.13016/M28P69
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/16143
dc.description.abstractThe neural motor control of forward, backward and lateral toe-tapping of typically developing adults, 6- and 10-year-old children was investigated using the uncontrolled manifold technique. Our results indicate that the central nervous system (CNS) controls or stabilizes three functional variables (center of mass, toe and head position) by organizing the overall joint variability structure, more than the individual joints. Results reveal: (1) children control forward and backward stepping more than adults, and (2) adults' forward stepping is more controlled than backward or lateral stepping. The relative ranking defining the approximate neural motor control of toe-tapping is: center of mass, toe and head position; indicating the CNS focuses on balance and foot placement. The observed invariance of this structure across movement phase, tap direction, and age, reinforces the idea that the CNS controls multi-directional toe-tap motion using similar neural control strategy.en_US
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dc.titleA SYSTEMATIC APPROXIMATION TO THE NEURAL MOTOR CONTROL OF FORWARD, BACKWARD AND LATERAL TOE-TAPPING IN CHILDREN AND ADULTSen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentKinesiologyen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledNeurosciencesen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledBiomechanicsen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledKinesiologyen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledToe tappingen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledUncontrolled Manifolden_US


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