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Exerc Sport Sci Rev. 2009 Apr;37(2):102-8. doi: 10.1097/JES.0b013e31819c2ed6.

The quadrupedal nature of human bipedal locomotion.

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Rehabilitation Neuroscience Laboratory, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. pzehr@uvic.ca

Abstract

During rhythmic movement, arm activity contributes to the neural excitation of leg muscles. These observations are consistent with the emergence of human bipedalism and nonhuman primate arboreal quadrupedal walking. These neural and biomechanical linkages could be exploited in rehabilitation after neurotrauma to allow the arms to give the legs a helping hand during gait rehabilitation.

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19305202
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10.1097/JES.0b013e31819c2ed6
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