Neural Plasticity

Understanding Neuromuscular System Plasticity to Improve Motor Function in Health, Disease, and Injury


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1Kessler Foundation and Rutgers University, West Orange, USA

2Ohio University, Athens, USA

3University of Texas at Houston, Houston, USA

4University of Florida, Gainesville, USA


Understanding Neuromuscular System Plasticity to Improve Motor Function in Health, Disease, and Injury

Description

Disease or injury of motor system components often leads to motor dysfunction, and the success of medical intervention, motor skill learning, exercise, or sports training is linked to plasticity in the neuromuscular system at both the central and peripheral levels. However, the neuroplasticity mechanisms underlying the therapeutic efficacy of motor function rehabilitation, exercise training, or motor learning on the neuromuscular system is not well understood. The lack of knowledge on plasticity at various levels of the central and peripheral motor systems, including the muscle, limits a good understanding of neural mechanisms provoking movement disorders and hinders development of targeted therapies for effective treatment. In addition, understanding neuroplasticity linked to motor learning may help identify practice strategies to maximize the progressive plasticity and relearning of motor skills. In the field of sports training, profound insights into plasticity of the neuromuscular system may help develop unique training regimes to aid athletes reach their maximal potential and at the same time prevent injury.

This special issue solicits high quality, original research articles as well as review articles focused on plasticity of central and/or peripheral motor systems, including the muscular system as a result of motor system disease, injury, and rehabilitation; motor skill learning; and exercise or sports training.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Neuromuscular system plasticity following disease or injury that resulted in movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and stroke
  • Neuromuscular system plasticity in movement disorders as a result of medical intervention
  • Neuromuscular system plasticity as a result of aging and/or exercise training in aging
  • Neuromuscular system plasticity as a result of motor skill learning in healthy or clinical populations
  • Neuromuscular system plasticity as a result of exercise training in healthy or clinical populations
  • Neuromuscular system plasticity as a result of extensive and/or intensive training such as in elite athletes
  • Neuromuscular system plasticity as a result of drug abuse, smoke, or alcoholism
  • Neuromuscular system plasticity induced by alternative interventions such as meditation, nutrition, and acupuncture
  • New methodologies used to evaluate neuroplasticity including computational methodologies such as artificial neural networking, modeling, and simulation

Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 2425180
  • - Editorial

Understanding Neuromuscular System Plasticity to Improve Motor Function in Health, Disease, and Injury

Guang H. Yue | Brian C. Clark | ... | David E. Vaillancourt
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 6971206
  • - Research Article

Navigated Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: A Biologically Based Assay of Lower Extremity Impairment and Gait Velocity

Heather T. Peters | Kari Dunning | ... | Stephen J. Page
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 7431012
  • - Research Article

Scale-Dependent Signal Identification in Low-Dimensional Subspace: Motor Imagery Task Classification

Qingshan She | Haitao Gan | ... | Yingchun Zhang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 4182483
  • - Research Article

EEG Source Imaging Guided by Spatiotemporal Specific fMRI: Toward an Understanding of Dynamic Cognitive Processes

Thinh Nguyen | Thomas Potter | ... | Yingchun Zhang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 1686414
  • - Research Article

Effects of a Single Session of High Intensity Interval Treadmill Training on Corticomotor Excitability following Stroke: Implications for Therapy

Sangeetha Madhavan | James W. Stinear | Neeta Kanekar
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 5020348
  • - Research Article

Kinematic and EMG Responses to Pelvis and Leg Assistance Force during Treadmill Walking in Children with Cerebral Palsy

Ming Wu | Janis Kim | ... | Yunhui Zhang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 3489540
  • - Research Article

Progressive FastICA Peel-Off and Convolution Kernel Compensation Demonstrate High Agreement for High Density Surface EMG Decomposition

Maoqi Chen | Ales Holobar | ... | Ping Zhou
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 8628039
  • - Research Article

Mirror Visual Feedback Training Improves Intermanual Transfer in a Sport-Specific Task: A Comparison between Different Skill Levels

Fabian Steinberg | Nils Henrik Pixa | Michael Doppelmayr
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 7365609
  • - Research Article

Neuromuscular Plasticity: Disentangling Stable and Variable Motor Maps in the Human Sensorimotor Cortex

Dominic Kraus | Alireza Gharabaghi
Neural Plasticity
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Acceptance rate53%
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Acceptance to publication37 days
CiteScore6.900
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