About this Research Topic
Most individuals after central or peripheral neuromuscular injuries experience impaired motor function, compromising their ability to complete daily living tasks. While retraining various voluntary tasks has been widely considered in routine clinics, we still require more effective rehabilitation strategies to improve clinical and functional outcomes.
There have been many attempts to understand the neural pathway reorganization, altered muscle activation patterns, or muscle structural/architectural changes following central or peripheral neuromuscular injuries. However, relatively limited documentation is available on how the neuromuscular system can be reshaped in response to various sensorimotor stimulations so as to improve overall motor function. Understanding the neuromuscular adaptation to sensorimotor stimulation is required to develop more effective rehabilitation intervention protocols that can help individuals after central or peripheral neuromuscular injuries maximize functional outcomes.
Thus, the goal of this research topic is to advance our current knowledge of the short- or long-term effects of sensorimotor stimulation protocols on the neuromuscular system in either neurologically intact individuals or individuals with central or peripheral neuromuscular injuries.
This research topic welcomes any types/combinations of sensorimotor stimulation, exercise, or training protocols, but the proposed protocols should have the potential to be applied to individuals with central or peripheral neuromuscular injuries. It is also encouraged for authors to explore/clarify how the proposed protocols facilitate sensorimotor pathways. Animal studies in this vein are welcome, however the link to human injury should be made clear. Main outcomes of this research topic could include the following quantitative measures but are not limited:
- Neural pathway reorganization
- Muscle activation patterns or muscle synergy
- Motor neuron excitability or motor unit behavior
- Muscle fiber type or muscle twitch properties
- Muscle size (e.g., mass, strength, or volume) or muscle strength
- Muscle composition or material properties
- Muscle architecture
Keywords: Evidence-based therapy/rehabilitation, Sensorimotor stimulation, Skeletal muscle plasticity, Neuroplasticity, Musculoskeletal injury
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