Normal functional motion is composed of mass movement patterns of the limbs and the synergistic trunk muscles (Kabat 1960) (Fig. 5.1). The motor cortex generates and organizes these movement patterns, and the individual cannot voluntarily leave a muscle out of the movement pattern to which it belongs. This does not mean that we cannot contract muscles individually, but our discrete motions spring from the mass patterns (Beevor 1978; Kabat 1950). These synergistic muscle combinations form the PNF patterns of facilitation.
KeywordsHamstring Muscle Entire Pattern Joint Stress Forearm Supination Trunk Extension
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