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Deconstructing Neurobiological Coordination: The Role of the Biomechanics-Motor Control Nexus

Davids, Keith1; Glazier, Paul2

Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews: April 2010 - Volume 38 - Issue 2 - p 86-90
doi: 10.1097/JES.0b013e3181d4968b

Inherent indeterminacy of neurobiological systems has been revealed by research on coordination of multiarticular actions. We consider three important issues that these investigations raise for biomechanical measurement and performance modeling. These issues highlight the role of dynamic systems theory as a platform for integration of motor control and biomechanics in exercise and sports science.

Analysis of neurobiological coordination from a dynamical systems perspective is revealing a new theoretical foundation for a biomechanics-motor control nexus.

1School of Human Movement Studies, Queensland University of Technology, Australia; and 2Centre for Sport and Exercise Science, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, United Kingdom

Address for correspondence: Keith Davids, Ph.D., School of Human Movement Studies, Queensland University of Technology, Victoria Park Rd, Kelvin Grove, QLD 4059, Australia (E-mail:

Accepted for publication: November 25, 2009.

Associate Editor: Joseph Hamill, Ph.D., FACSM

©2010 The American College of Sports Medicine