In the context of sports, rehabilitation and physical activity promotion, enhancing performance while preventing injury, whether it is to achieve elite performance levels or to (re-)learn basic skills, is an important and often central goal. In other words, optimization of human movement is key in these contexts. Such optimization can be achieved through for example skill learning, training, and the use of assistive or protective devices, and hence primary targets are changes in either the neural control or the biomechanics of human movement. Obviously these two aspects of human movement interact: changes in neural control cause changes in the biomechanics of movement and changes in musculoskeletal biomechanics require adaptations in control. For example, gains in muscle strength may improve performance only when control is adapted to make use of the newly acquired capacities.
The section Biomechanics and Control of Human Movement aims to publish papers that provide a foundation for the optimization of human movement, by contributing to our understanding of the interaction of musculoskeletal biomechanics and neural control. The focus will be on mechanistic studies into the effects of interventions on performance and injury risk.
The section will publish original research and systematic as well as narrative reviews addressing:
· mechanics and control of basic and complex motor skills
· effects of ageing and disease on the mechanics and control of motor skills
· effects of training / learning on the mechanics and control of motor skills
· mechanical and control-related determinants of movement-related injury risk
Papers with a purely methodological focus will not be considered for publication in this section.
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Biomechanics and Control of Human Movement welcomes submissions of the following article types: Brief Research Report, Case Report, Core Concept, Correction, General Commentary, New Discovery, Original Research, Perspective, Review and Specialty Grand Challenge.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Biomechanics and Control of Human Movement, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
Articles published in the section Biomechanics and Control of Human Movement will benefit from the Frontiers impact and tiering system after online publication. Authors of published original research with the highest impact, as judged democratically by the readers, will be invited by the Chief Editor to write a Frontiers Focused Review - a tier-climbing article. This is referred to as "democratic tiering". The author selection is based on article impact analytics of original research published in all Frontiers specialty journals and sections. Focused Reviews are centered on the original discovery, place it into a broader context, and aim to address the wider community across all of Sports and Active Living.
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