Motor Control

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The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of sports specificities on trunk neuromuscular control during cutting maneuvers. Male handball players and karatekas performed unanticipated cuttings, while trunk kinematics and muscles activation were measured. No significant difference in 3D trunk kinematics at initial contact between groups has been noted. Trunk peak angle values during weight acceptance were also comparable between groups. Trunk muscles co-contraction ratios during pre-activation and weight acceptance did not differ between handball players and karatekas. The lack of neuromuscular activity difference made sense with regards to the kinematic results. However, the use of muscles co-contraction ratios provided some information to further understand trunk control during cutting maneuvers. To conclude, high-level training, whatever the athletic background, seems to allow some skill transfer on unusual tasks, like cutting maneuvers.