In this chapter, the properties of nerve cells, muscle cells, and the synapses that link them will be synthesized to study whole neuromuscular systems and the way they control movement. Many of the same principles can be used to study other parts of the nervous system, but the control of movement will be emphasized as a logical extension of the material dealt with in previous chapters. First, the basic reflexes will be summarized, together with some elementary principles of reflex organization. Then some of these ideas will be quantified to analyze how the peripheral neuromuscular system functions in the control of movement. Finally, pattern generators in the central nervous system will be described which interact with the peripheral structures.
KeywordsMotor Unit Muscle Spindle Loop Gain Reflex Pathway Single Motor Unit
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