Human movement, performed with its usual smoothness and accurateness, demands the coordination of many muscles. Muscle coordination refers to how the muscles work together and can be considered in terms of both the relative timing and relative magnitude of their contractions. In this area we study how the muscles are coordinated during typical locomotion tasks (such as walking, Nordic walking, skiing), as well as during physical exercises typically adopted for the physical training (such as pull ups, leg presses, core exercises). With the means of high-density surface electromyography, we go even further by analyzing the behavior of the ultimate constituents of the neuromuscular systems, which are the motor units.
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