The purpose of this study was to examine motor control strategies employed to control the degrees of freedom when performing a lower limb task with constraints applied at the hip, knee and ankle. Thirty-five individuals performed vertical jumping tasks: hip flexed, no knee bend and plantar flexed. Joint moment data from hip, knee and ankle was analysed using principal component analysis (PCA). In all, PCA performed, a minimum of two and maximum of six principal components (PCs) were required to describe the movement. A proximal to distal reduction in variability was only observed for the hip flexed and no knee bend conditions. Collectively, the results suggest a reduction in the dimensionality of the movement occurs, despite the constraints imposed within each condition and would suggest dimensionality reduction and motor control strategies are a function of the task demands.
Cushion, Emily J.; Warmenhoven, John; North, Jamie S.; and Cleather, Daniel J.
"PROXIMAL AND DISTAL CONSTRAINTS REDUCE DIMENSIONALITY OF VERTICAL JUMPING TASKS,"
ISBS Proceedings Archive: Vol. 38
, Article 181.
Available at: https://commons.nmu.edu/isbs/vol38/iss1/181