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Exercise & Sport Sciences Reviews:

Moving the Arms to Activate the Legs

Ferris, Daniel P.1,2,3; Huang, Helen J.2; Kao, Pei-Chun1

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Recent studies on neurologically intact individuals and individuals with spinal cord injury indicate that rhythmic upper limb muscle activation has an excitatory effect on lower limb muscle activation during locomotor-like tasks. This finding suggests that gait rehabilitation therapy after neurological injury should incorporate simultaneous upper limb and lower limb rhythmic exercise to take advantage of neural coupling.

©2006 The American College of Sports Medicine


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