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Lena H. Ting, Stacie A. Chvatal, Seyed A. Safavynia and J. Lucas McKay Review and perspective: neuromechanical considerations for predicting muscle activation patterns for movement International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering 28

Version of Record online: 16 MAY 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/cnm.2485

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Muscle coordination may be impossible to predict accurately based on biomechanical considerations alone because of redundancy in the musculoskeletal system. Here, we present a review of recent work demonstrating that muscle activation patterns may reflect a hierarchical and low-dimensional structure of neuromotor outputs that reflect control of task-level goals. Understanding the goals and organization of the neural control of movement may provide useful reduced dimension parameter sets to address the degrees-of-freedom problem in musculoskeletal movement control.

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