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Learning motor control in the upright position: A mechanical engineering approach

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Garth Johnson


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Motor control problems that result from damage to the central nervous system can make it difficult to learn functional activities. Although several therapeutic approaches attempt to address such problems there is little evidence of their efficacy. Targeted Training is a new approach, based on a biomechanical analysis of the problem, which usually relies on specifically designed equipment. This paper describes the underlying theory, the development of functional specifications, the translation of these specifications into an engineering design and the clinical results of applying the equipment. The promotion of head and trunk control provides an example of the process.

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Author(s): Major RE, Johnson GR, Butler PB

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part H: Journal of Engineering in Medicine

Year: 2001

Volume: 215

Issue: 3

Pages: 315-323

Print publication date: 01/01/2001

ISSN (print): 0954-4119

ISSN (electronic): 2041-3033

Publisher: Sage Publications


DOI: 10.1243/0954411011535911

PubMed id: 11436275


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