Cerebellar control of balance and locomotion

Susanne M. Morton, Amy J. Bastian

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Abstract

The cerebellum is important for movement control and plays a particularly crucial role in balance and locomotion. As such, one of the most characteristic signs of cerebellar damage is walking ataxia. It is not known how the cerebellum normally contributes to walking, although recent work suggests that it plays a role in the generation of appropriate patterns of limb movements, dynamic regulation of balance, and adaptation of posture and locomotion through practice. The purpose of this review is to examine mechanisms of cerebellar control of balance and locomotion, emphasizing studies of humans and other animals. Implications for rehabilitation are also considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)247-259
Number of pages13
JournalNeuroscientist
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2004

Keywords

  • Adaptation
  • Ataxia
  • Cerebellum
  • Learning
  • Walking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Clinical Neurology

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