This course explores in greater depth and breadth the role of the nervous system in the coordination of physiological systems that support physical activity and exercise. Factors that influcence the neural control of motor output and/or cognition such as traumatic injuries to the neural tissue, disease states, microgravity, inactivity, and aging are considered in depth. Topics include the autonomic regulation of blood flow, neurotropic factors effects on motor and cognitive functions, activity-dependent plasticity of the nervous system and neurorehabilitation, and alterations in sensorimotor control. Laboratory experiments will utilize EMG, ECG, and EEG to assess activation of physiological systems during rest, exercise, and fatigue, as well as other assessments of motor control/learning among the various physiological systems examined. Students will work in small collaborations to identify a relevant question, research the literature, and design and complete a research thesis.
Prerequisites: EXSC 328. NRSC 201 is recommended.