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Towards the Neuromotor Control Processes of Steady-State and Speed-Matched Treadmill and Overground Walking

  • Fabian Herold
  • Norman Aye
  • Dennis HamacherEmail author
  • Lutz Schega
Original Paper
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Abstract

The neuromotor control of walking relies on a network of subcortical and cortical structures. While kinematic differences between treadmill and overground walking are extensively studied, the neuromotor control processes are still relatively unknown. Hence, this study aims to investigate cortical activation during steady-state treadmill and overground walking using functional near-infrared spectroscopy, inertial measurement units and a heart rate monitor. We observed a higher concentration of oxygenated hemoglobin in prefrontal cortices, premotor cortices and supplementary motor areas during treadmill walking. Therefore, our results suggest that treadmill walking requires higher demands on cortical neuromotor control.

Keywords

Steady state walking fNIRS Gait Motor control 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute III, Department of Sport ScienceOtto von Guericke University MagdeburgMagdeburgGermany
  2. 2.German Center for Neurodegenerative DiseasesNeuroprotection LabMagdeburgGermany

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