Christopher A Knight

Kinesiology & Appl Physiology

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  • Specializes in how the nervous system controls movements and how control changes with aging, pathology or physical activity and exercise.
  • Researches ways to improve older adults' ability to move. His focus also includes similar improvements for patients with Parkinson's disease and stroke victims. Knight works to develop a better understanding of the limitations to physical function in these special populations and whether or how they can be addressed with exercise or other interventions.
  • Studies the most fundamental unit of control, the motor unit. The motor unit consists of a single neuron and all the muscle fibers that it stimulates. Using custom needle and fine-wire electrodes in humans, he examines the code delivered from the nervous system to muscle tissue.

Web Site:
http://www.udel.edu/chs/facultystaff/knight.html

Title:
Associate Professor, Kinesiology & Applied Physiology

UDaily Articles:
When your brain talks, your muscles don't always listen
Exercise Neuroscience lab yields new insights into movement disorders

Keywords:
aging, health, nutrition, exercise, nervous system, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, stroke , stroke