Effects of aging and strength training on sensory feedback (PoKu)

Aging is associated with a decline in neuromuscular and motor control affecting the persons ability to function on a daily basis. Sensory feedback from proprioceptors is known to have a important role in adjusting movements and maintaining balance.

The purpose of the present study is to determine whether aging modifies the sensory feedback received by the central nervous system and whether a short period of strength training can induce changes in that. Methods used in this study include magnetoencephalography (MEG) and electromyography (EMG) that provide information of the amount of sensory feedback received in the cortical and muscle level. Study is conducted with a device designed by Aalto university suitable for simulating ankle movement in a MEG-environment.

Project team

  • Simon Walker
  • Tiina Parviainen
  • Janne Avela