Monthly Archives: August 2012

The Rhythms Of The Olympic Athletic Brain

via Axon Sports

For sports fans, the first week of the London Olympics has delivered a spectacular spectrum of sports competition. For sports performance and human movement scientists, the Summer Games are a live laboratory for their theories and research.  Whether it’s watching the record-setting swimming strokes of Michael Phelps or the acrobatic gymnastic routines of Gabby Douglas, kinesiologists have been stumped to explain exactly how the human brain instructs the body to perform such advanced movements.  Last month, researchers at Stanford, Columbia and Cambridge Universities released a study that proposes a very different theory of how this brain-body communication takes place. For years, cognitive scientists used what we knew about our visual system …

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