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Role of Peripheral Visual Cues in Online Visual Guidance of Locomotion

Marigold, Daniel S.

Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews: July 2008 - Volume 36 - Issue 3 - p 145-151
doi: 10.1097/JES.0b013e31817bff72

Vision is normally the predominant sensory system used for guiding locomotion. Online visual control is critical for adjusting lower limb trajectory and ensuring proper foot placement. Research suggests that peripheral visual cues play a large role in this online control, particularly in challenging situations.

Visual information is used online to plan and fine-tune the locomotor pattern.

Department of Physiology, Universite de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Address for correspondence: Daniel S. Marigold, Ph.D., Département de Physiologie, Université de Montréal, C.P. 6128, Succursale Centre-ville, Montréal, Québec, Canada H3C 3J7 (E-mail:

Accepted for publication: March 11, 2008.

Associate Editor: E. Paul Zehr, Ph.D.

©2008 The American College of Sports Medicine