Understanding Balance: The Mechanics of Posture and Locomotion

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Nelson Thornes, 1995 - Health & Fitness - 348 pages
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We generally take it for granted that we can stand upright and move around without much difficulty. However, when we realise that the human body, like that of any animal, is a compliant, springy structure with a distributed mass, we can appreciate that the task of achieving and explaining balance is far from simple.
 

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Contents

Energy supply
52
Tensionlength relationship
59
Types of musclefibre
68
Staying upright
94
Locomotion
175
Proprioceptive transducers
228
Central processing
272
Association learning
319
Anticipatory preemptive actions
334
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