About this Research Topic
Rapid or vigorous motor action is utilized in human movement, allowing for muscle contraction, athletic training, speed-power training and explosive force. Currently, the challenge remains to better understand the physiological, biomechanical and psychological principles and mechanisms of rapid human motor actions, that include high rate of force, power or velocity. This topic has been studied for centuries, however the body of research committed to understand these motor actions continues to grow and covers a breadth of disciplines such as kinesiology, biomechanics, neuroscience, physiology and gerontology. Human movement, particularly performed at its limits, continues to be a subject of growing interest.
This Research Topic aims to address the underlying physiology and neuromuscular control of rapid neuromuscular actions and vigorous movements, scientific methods of assessment, as well as the acute and long-term responses of the human body performing such actions. We welcome contributions focusing on neural structures and processes involved in planning, setting and execution of rapid or vigorous motor movements, studied through different scopes (spinal and corticospinal excitability, intra-cortical inhibition/facilitation, sensory-motor modulation and plasticity, neural coding, and other). Further, several other topics associated with rapid motor action in human have recently emerged or remain to be further explored, involving, but not limited to: (1) explosive force, i.e. rate of muscle force/torque development, and its dependence on the type of muscle contraction; (2) force-velocity-power relationship and velocity-based training in athletes; (3) speed-power based training for the older adults and patient populations; (4) the influence of muscle-tendon interactions and gearing on explosive force; and (5) the significance of inter-limb asymmetries within different types of neuromuscular actions.
We welcome the submission of review, mini-review, and original research articles covering, but not limited to:
- Papers related to sport science and sports medicine (such as different training and monitoring methods involving rapid neuromuscular actions)
- Papers related to special populations (clinical utility of performing rapid motor actions in elderly or in different patient populations)
- Fundamental topics, exploring the physiology, biomechanics, and neuromuscular control of rapid motor actions.
- Methodological papers, investigating methods that are designed to assess rapid motor actions.
Keywords: rate of force development, explosive strength, velocity, power, movement, human, athlete, older adults
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