chapter  5
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The neuromuscular system

The muscular system is the interface between the nervous and skeletal systems. The muscles produce the forces that determine the movement of the joints, but the nervous system determines the intensity and timing of the muscle forces. The nervous system constantly monitors and interprets information from the various senses concerning body position and body movement, including information from muscles and joint supporting structures, and on the basis of this information sends instructions to the muscles to coordinate body movement. Those parts of the nervous and muscular systems responsible for bringing about coordinated body movement are referred to as the neuromuscular system. This chapter describes the structure and function of the neuromuscular system.