Thalamo-Sensorimotor Functional Connectivity Correlates with World Ranking of Olympic, Elite, and High Performance Athletes
Functional connectivity (FC) of thalamo-sensorimotor circuits and its associations with performance excellence (best world ranking) and motor training (practice years). (a) An illustration of the regions of interest (ROIs) within the thalamo-sensorimotor circuits. The right thalamus is defined by the group difference in the degree of centrality analysis. The sensorimotor network (SMN), including supplementary motor area (SMA) and both the right postcentral gyrus (RpostC) and left postcentral gyrus (LpostC), is defined by left central sulcus-seed FC. (b) Group comparison for high-ranked (HR) versus low-ranked (LR) swimmers in the thalamo-sensorimotor FCs (; error bars indicate ±SEM). (c) Correlations between the thalamo-sensorimotor FCs and best world ranking (). (d) Correlations between the thalamo-sensorimotor FCs and practice years (). Spearman’s correlation analysis with a 95% confidence interval based on 1000 bootstrap samples was used.
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