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Exerc Sport Sci Rev. 2005 Jan;33(1):54-60.

Neural control of rhythmic human movement: the common core hypothesis.

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Rehabilitation Neuroscience Laboratory, P.O Box 3010 STN CSC, A358 MacLaurin Building, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, V8W 3P1.


Rhythmic motor patterns are ubiquitous in the animal kingdom. Walking, cycling, and swimming are examples of rhythmic locomotor tasks that humans perform routinely. This paper outlines the common core hypothesis that rhythmic motor patterns in human locomotion share common central neural control mechanisms. This is subserved by presumed central pattern generators that regulate arm and leg movements during locomotion.

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