Resistance training enhances the stability of sensorimotor coordination

Carroll, T. J., Barry, B., Riek, S. and Carson, R. G. (2001) Resistance training enhances the stability of sensorimotor coordination. Proceedings of The Royal Society of London Series B-biological Sciences, 268 1464: 221-227. doi:10.1098/rspb.2000.1356

Author Carroll, T. J.
Barry, B.
Riek, S.
Carson, R. G.
Title Resistance training enhances the stability of sensorimotor coordination
Journal name Proceedings of The Royal Society of London Series B-biological Sciences   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0962-8452
Publication date 2001-02-07
Year available 2001
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1098/rspb.2000.1356
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 268
Issue 1464
Start page 221
End page 227
Total pages 7
Editor R. McNeill Alexander
Place of publication London
Publisher The Royal Society
Language eng
Subject C1
321403 Motor Control
730104 Nervous system and disorders
Abstract Strategics for the control of human movement are constrained by the neuroanatomical characteristics of the motor system. In particular, there is evidence that the capacity of muscles for producing force has a strong influence on the stability of coordination in certain movement tasks. In the present experiment, our aim was to determine whether physiological adaptations that cause relatively long-lasting changes in the ability of muscles to produce force can influence the stability of coordination in a systematic manner. We assessed the effects of resistance training on the performance of a difficult coordination task that required participants to synchronize or syncopate movements of their index finger with an auditory metronome. Our results revealed that training that increased isometric finger strength also enhanced the stability of movement coordination. These changes were accompanied by alterations in muscle recruitment patterns. In Particular, the trained muscles were recruited in a more consistent fashion following the programme of resistance training. These results indicate that resistance training produces functional adaptations of the neuroanatomical constraints that underlie the control of voluntary movement.
Keyword Biology
Strength Training
Neural Adaptations
Coordination Finger Movements
Positron Emission Tomography
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Psychology Publications
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