Movement-related desynchronization of alpha rhythms is lower in athletes than non-athletes: a high-resolution EEG study.

TitleMovement-related desynchronization of alpha rhythms is lower in athletes than non-athletes: a high-resolution EEG study.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsDel Percio, C, Infarinato F, Iacoboni M, Marzano N, Soricelli A, Aschieri P, Eusebi F, Babiloni C
JournalClinical neurophysiology : official journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
Volume121
Issue4
Pagination482-91
Date Published2010 Apr
ISSN1872-8952
KeywordsAdolescent, Adult, Alpha Rhythm, Analysis of Variance, Athletes, Brain Mapping, cerebral cortex, Electroencephalography, Electromyography, Female, Functional Laterality, Humans, Male, Movement, Psychomotor Performance, Young Adult
Abstract

The "neural efficiency" hypothesis posits that neural activity is reduced in experts. Here we tested the hypothesis that compared with non-athletes, elite athletes are characterized by a reduced cortical activation during simple voluntary movement and that this is reflected by the modulation of dominant alpha rhythms (8-12 Hz).

DOI10.1111/j.1460-9568.2012.08134.x
Alternate JournalClin Neurophysiol