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In a cortical organization, neurons are • Astrocytes, which are involved in supportive arranged in layers and the neurons in each layer are func- structural and metabolic events • Oligodendrocytes, which are responsible for tionally alike and different from those in other layers. Some of the early maturation that we see in infants Some neurons in the nervous system are directly and children can be accounted for by the progressive linked to sensory (afferent) or motor (efferent) functions. The OF THE CNS thalamus consists of several nuclei, each of which projects to a part of the cerebral cortex and receives reciprocal One approach to an understanding of the nervous system connections from the cortex. The hypothalamus, a much is to conceptualize that it is composed of a number of smaller part of the diencephalon, serves mostly to control functional modules, starting with simpler ones and evolv- the neuroendocrine system via the pituitary gland, and ing in higher primates and humans to a more complex also organizes the activity of the autonomic nervous sys- organizational network of cells and connections. Parts of the hypothalamus are intimately connected tion of each part is dependent upon and linked to the with the expression of basic drives (e. Simple and complex reflex With the continued evolution of the brain, the part of circuits are located within the spinal cord. It receives sen- the brain called the forebrain undergoes increased devel- sory information (afferents) from the skin and body wall, opment, a process called encephalization. This has culmi- which are then transmitted to higher centers of the brain. Certain motor patterns are organized in the cerebral hemispheres are found at the surface, the cerebral spinal cord, and these are under the influence of motor cortex (see Figure 13 and Figure 14A), most of which is areas in other parts of the brain. The autonomic nervous six-layered (also called the neocortex). In humans, the system, which supplies the internal organs and the glands, cerebral cortex is thrown into ridges (gyri, singular gyrus) is also found within the spinal cord. The enormous expan- As the functional systems of the brain become more sion of the cerebral cortex in the human, both in terms of complex, new control “centers” have evolved. These are size and complexity, has resulted in this part of the brain often spoken of as higher centers. The first set of these is becoming the dominant controller of the CNS, capable, located in the brainstem, which is situated above the so it seems, of overriding most of the other regulatory spinal cord and within the skull (in humans). We need our cerebral cortex for almost all inter- stem includes three distinct areas — the medulla, pons, pretations and actions related to the functioning of the and midbrain (see Figure OA, Figure OL, Figure 6, and sensory and motor systems, for consciousness, language, Figure 7). Some nuclei within the brainstem are concerned and thinking. Other nuclei within the ganglia, large collections of neurons (see Figure OA, Fig- brainstem are involved in setting our level of arousal and ure OL, and Figure 22) that are involved mainly in the play an important role in maintaining our state of con- initiation and organization of motor movements. Special nuclei in the brainstem are responsible neurons affect motor activity through their influence on for some basic types of movements in response to gravity the cerebral cortex. In addition, most of the cranial nerves and their A number of areas of the brain are involved in behav- nuclei, which supply the structures of the head, are ior, which is characterized by the reaction of the animal anchored in the brainstem (see Figure 8A and Figure 8B). This reaction is often termed “emo- Many nuclei in the brainstem are related to the cerebellum. Various parts of the brain are brainstem and is situated behind the brainstem (inside the involved with these activities, and collectively they have skull) in humans (see Figure OA, Figure OL, and Figure been named the limbic system.

Recruits in that vative and a preventive program for anterior study who could generate higher patellofemoral knee pain 60caps lasuna overnight delivery. First trusted 60 caps lasuna, these studies have shown that related to overactivity purchase lasuna 60caps amex. The authors therefore clinically measured lower leg alignment charac- concluded that anterior knee pain due to over- teristics such as leg length difference buy 60caps lasuna overnight delivery, height, activity is caused by an overload of weight, Q angle, genu varum/valgum and recur- patellofemoral contact forces. In our own vatum, and foot alignment seem not to be very study50 on 282 students in physical education we important in the development of anterior knee prospectively examined a broad variety of pre- pain. Of this broad vari- First, it could be that these clinically measured ety of parameters, only a shortened quadriceps parameters cannot be considered as intrinsic muscle, an altered vastus medialis obliquus risk factors of anterior knee pain. Second, it muscle reflex response time, a decreased explo- could be that measuring these parameters clini- sive strength, and a hypermobile patella had a cally is not precise enough. For instance, small significant correlation with the incidence of inter-individual differences, which might be anterior knee pain. Very conspicuous in this important in the etiology of anterior knee pain, study was the finding that statistical analyses did might not be identified since the measurement not identify any of the clinically measured lower error is too large. Therefore, prospective studies leg alignment characteristics (leg length differ- should be set up using more precise measuring ence, height, weight, Q angle, genu varum/val- techniques (2- or 3-dimensional measurements gum and recurvatum, foot alignment) as in movement analysis labs). Third, it must be predisposing factors of anterior knee pain. This mentioned that all the available prospective suggests that these parameters seem less impor- studies were performed on a young sportive tant in the development of anterior knee pain, in population (military recruits or students in contrast to what is frequently stated on the basis physical education). This implies that this popu- of theoretical models and/or retrospective stud- lation is rather homogeneous and very select. The results of our study are in agreement Probably, measuring these parameters in the with the results of Milgrom et al. In addition, subjects with only a few contribute significantly to the devel- large “abnormalities” in these clinically measured opment of anterior knee pain. In a recent lower leg alignment characteristics could already prospective study on recreational runners29 this have developed anterior knee pain and would conclusion was confirmed. Consequently, one leg alignment parameters (genu varum/valgum must be very careful when applying these results and recurvatum, height, weight, leg length dif- to the general population of anterior knee pain ference, Q angle, hip internal and external range patients. Clinical experience and retrospective of motion, ankle dorsiflexion and plantar flex- data show us that patients with anterior knee ion, rearfoot and forefoot valgus, standing lon- pain show significantly more alterations of their gitudinal arch), only a smaller right ankle lower leg alignment characteristics, compared to dorsiflexion ROM, a greater genu varum, and a a control group. These findings let us believe greater left forefoot varus was significantly dif- that “large” deviations in lower leg alignment ferent between the runners who developed ante- characteristics are probably important in the rior knee pain and the uninjured runners. Yet, on the more recent prospective study in male military basis of the available studies it also seems that recruits Van Tiggelen et al. However, on muscular characteristics show that the exten- on the basis of the few existing prospective data sor muscle plays a vital role in the development 138 Etiopathogenic Bases and Therapeutic Implications of anterior knee pain. Lack of agreement researchers), the risk factors and the mecha- between the different studies in the methods nisms of the occurrence of anterior knee pain used to measure these muscular parameters lim- must be identified (cf. The next step is to its the possibility of concluding which of the introduce measures that are likely to reduce the muscular parameters (strength, VMO/VL speed risk of developing anterior knee pain. These of contraction, flexibility) are more important measures should be based on the information than the others. However, today we can state about the intrinsic and extrinsic risk factors. In order to examine this for anterior knee Constructing a Scientific Prevention pain, we set up a randomized clinical trial to Program for Anterior Knee Pain investigate which of the frequently used conser- Once intrinsic and extrinsic risk factors of ante- vative programs (open versus closed kinetic rior knee pain are identified, the next step in chain programs) is best in altering the identified “the sequence of prevention” can be under- risk factors of anterior knee pain. In this study the evaluation cess rate of a conservative treatment program focused on those parameters that (1) were previ- (Figure 8. After establishing the incidence ously identified as intrinsic risk factors of ante- and severity of anterior knee pain in the sports rior knee pain in prospective studies, and (2) population (which has been done by several can be influenced by a conservative program. RESEARCH Establishing the extent of Establishing etiology the sports injury problem and mechanism of injuries • Incidence • Severity 4. INTERVENTION Assessing their Introducing preventive effectiveness by measures repeating step 1 Figure 8. However, time: namely muscle length of the quadriceps, some studies have examined the effect of soli- explosive functional strength of the quadriceps tary regular ankle disc training as a preventive (measured by the triple jump test), reflex measure.

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