home   genetic news   bioinformatics   biotechnology   literature   journals   ethics   positions   events   sitemap
 
  HUM-MOLGEN -> Genetic News | search  
 

Inside The Brain of an Elite Athlete

 
  July, 2 2009 10:20
your information resource in human molecular genetics
 
     

Events like the Wimbledon tennis championships and the Olympic Games raise the public profile of competitive sports, but what sets the competitors in these events apart from those of us who simply watch? Recent research into the differences in neural and cognitive processing between skilled sportspeople and novices is reviewed in the August 2009 issue of Nature Reviews Neuroscience. The conclusions help to explain athletic excellence and potentially offer ways to improve performance.

Kielan Yarrow and colleagues introduce emerging computational and biological models of skill learning and movement control through the central nervous system. Studies have shown that the development of skills associated with awareness and movement correlates with structural changes in primary sensory areas in the brain and with those areas associated with movement. Functional imaging studies suggest that athletes make more efficient and focused use of these brain regions, which could explain the enhanced movement, awareness, and decision-making abilities developed by elite athletes over extensive periods of practice.

The authors also highlight the role of feedback control and the parallel processing of information in the brain in improving the precision of movements, making good time-pressured decisions and predicting the sporting consequences of actions.

AUTHOR CONTACTS:

Kielan Yarrow (City University, London, UK)
E-mail: Kielan.Yarrow.1@city.ac.uk

Peter Brown (Institute of Neurology, UCL, London, UK)
E-mail: p.brown@ion.ucl.ac.uk

John Krakauer (The Neurological Institute of New York, NY, USA)
Email: jkrakauer@neuro.columbia.edu

Abstract available online.

(C) Nature Reviews Neuroscience press release.


Message posted by: Trevor M. D'Souza

print this article mail this article
Bookmark and Share this page (what is this?)

Social bookmarking allows users to save and categorise a personal collection of bookmarks and share them with others. This is different to using your own browser bookmarks which are available using the menus within your web browser.

Use the links below to share this article on the social bookmarking site of your choice.

Read more about social bookmarking at Wikipedia - Social Bookmarking

Latest News
Variants Associated with Pediatric Allergic Disorder

Mutations in PHF6 Found in T-Cell Leukemia

Genetic Risk Variant for Urinary Bladder Cancer

Antibody Has Therapeutic Effect on Mice with ALS

Regulating P53 Activity in Cancer Cells

Anti-RNA Therapy Counters Breast Cancer Spread

Mitochondrial DNA Diversity

The Power of RNA Sequencing

‘Pro-Ageing' Therapy for Cancer?

Niche Genetics Influence Leukaemia

Molecular Biology: Clinical Promise for RNA Interference

Chemoprevention Cocktail for Colon Cancer

more news ...

Generated by News Editor 2.0 by Kai Garlipp
WWW: Kai Garlipp, Frank S. Zollmann.
7.0 © 1995-2017 HUM-MOLGEN. All rights reserved. Liability, Copyright and Imprint.