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Principal Investigator

TAUBE Wolfgang

Full Professor for
Movement and Sport Sciences

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  Research Topics • Motor control and Motor learning  
       
  Subtopics • Integration of neurophysiology and biomechanics to highlight neurophysiological mechanisms of motor control & motor learning  
       
 

Questions addressed

Particular research interests lie within the areas of postural control, stretch-shortening cycle and ballistic contractions and how these skills can be influenced by training and feedback. The aim is to identify neural mechanisms, which are involved during task execution and to monitor their adaptation in response to training. Special emphasize is laid on the neural plasticity of the motor cortex and spinal reflex circuits.
► Balance
How does the motor cortex contribute to balance performance? Are the direct corticospinal projections of any relevance in this task and how does their influence change by training? How does dual task performance influence cortical processing?
► Stretch-shortening cycle
How do feedforward and feedback mechanisms interact? How can we improve jump performance in the most efficient and specific way?
► Feedback
In which way is motor performance dependent on feedback (e.g. external augmented feedback)? How does the motor cortex process different types of feedback?
► Ballistic contractions
In which way does our "motor cortical program" responsible for dynamic contractions differ from motor programs utilized to ensure tonic contractions?

 
       
  Keywords • Balance training
• Ballistic contractions
• Neural plasticity
• Plyometric training
• Postural control
• Stretch-shortening cycle
 
       
  Contact Email address wolfgang.taube [at] unifr.ch  
       
  Personal site http://www.unifr.ch/ssm/de/  
   

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