Motor patterns during kicking movements in the locust

@article{Burrows2004MotorPD,
  title={Motor patterns during kicking movements in the locust},
  author={M. Burrows},
  journal={Journal of Comparative Physiology A},
  year={2004},
  volume={176},
  pages={289-305}
}
  • M. Burrows
  • Published 2004
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Journal of Comparative Physiology A
  • Locusts (Schistocerca gregaria) use a distinctive motor pattern to extend the tibia of a hind leg rapidly in a kick. The necessary force is generated by an almost isometric contraction of the extensor tibiae muscle restrained by the co-contraction of the flexor tibiae (co-contraction phase) and aided by the mechanics of the femoro-tibial joint. The stored energy is delivered suddenly when the flexor muscle is inhibited. This paper analyses the activity of motor neurons to the major hind leg… CONTINUE READING
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