Quick Search:

uzh logo
Browse by:
bullet
bullet
bullet
bullet

Zurich Open Repository and Archive

Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-61693

Bezzola, Ladina; Mérillat, Susan; Jäncke, Lutz (2012). The effect of leisure activity golf practice on motor imagery: an fMRI study in middle adulthood. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 6:67.

[img]
Preview
Published Version
PDF
988kB

View at publisher

Abstract

Much is known about practice-induced plasticity of the motor system. But it is not clear how a physical training influences the mental rehearsal of the practiced task and its associated hemodynamic responses. In the present longitudinal study with two measurement time-points, we used the method of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and a motor imagery task, in order to explore the dynamic neuro-functional changes induced by a highly complex physical training. The 11 golf novices between the age of 40 and 60 years practiced the motor training as leisure activity. Additionally, data from an age and sex-matched control group without golf training was collected. As a main result, we demonstrate that changes between the two measurement time-points were only found in the golf novice group. The golf novices showed a decrease in hemodynamic responses during the mental rehearsal of the golf swing in non-primary motor areas after the 40 h of golf practice. Thus, the results indicate that a complex physical leisure activity induces functional neuroplasticity in the seldom studied population of middle-aged adults, and that this effect is evident during mental rehearsal of the practiced task. This finding supports the idea that (a) a skill improvement is associated with a modified activation pattern in the associated neuronal network that can be identified during mental rehearsal of the practiced task, and that (b) a strict training protocol is not necessary to induce functional neuroplasticity.

Citations

7 citations in Web of Science®
8 citations in Scopus®
Google Scholar™

Altmetrics

Downloads

25 downloads since deposited on 10 Apr 2012
3 downloads since 12 months

Detailed statistics

Additional indexing

Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
DDC:150 Psychology
Date:2012
Deposited On:10 Apr 2012 12:43
Last Modified:28 Nov 2013 05:55
Publisher:Frontiers Research Foundation
ISSN:1662-5161
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:10.3389/fnhum.2012.00067
Official URL:http://www.frontiersin.org/Human_Neuroscience/10.3389/fnhum.2012.00067/abstract
PubMed ID:22479243

Users (please log in): suggest update or correction for this item

Repository Staff Only: item control page