Significance of load receptor input during locomotion: a review.

  title={Significance of load receptor input during locomotion: a review.},
  author={Volker H. Dietz and Jacques Duysens},
  journal={Gait & posture},
  volume={11 2},
A basic aspect of the neuronal control of quadrupedal locomotion of cat and of bipedal stance and gait of humans concerns the antigravity function of leg extensors. In humans proprioceptive reflexes involved in the maintenance of body equilibrium depend on the presence of contact forces opposing gravity. Extensor load receptors are thought to signal changes of the projection of body's centre of mass with respect to the feet. According to observations in the cat, this afferent input probably… CONTINUE READING

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