José A. Vega

University of Oviedo

José A. Vega obtained a Ph.D. in Medicine from the University of Oviedo, Spain. He completed his postdoctoral training at the Universities of Brno and Prague, “La Sapienza” and “Tor Vergara” of Rome, and Harvard University. Currently, Dr. Vega is Professor of Anatomy and Human Embryology, and head of the Sensory Organs and Peripheral Nervous System (SINPOS) research group at the University of Oviedo. He is also an Associated Researcher at the Autonomous University of Chile. He has taught at the Universities of Messina, “Federico II” of Naples, Rome “La Sapienza” and Rome “Tor Vergata,” Sassari, Barí, Buenos Aires, and CEU-San Pablo in Madrid. Dr. Vegas has co-authored more than 350 articles and 50 chapters in books mainly devoted to the peripheral nervous system.

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Proprioception is the sense of body position and movement, with conscious and unconscious components, that determines and conditions the human body’s relationship with the environment. This quality of mechanosensitivity deteriorates in some pathologies and is responsible for some alterations of the locomotor system that appear in elderly persons. In those situations, the failure of proprioception reduces the quality of life of the subjects. The widespread use in developed countries of substitute joint prostheses makes it necessary to rethink the concepts of movement detection and perception. As such, this book examines the basics of proprioception as well as its function in the lower extremities, the head, in children with disabilities, and its connection with virtual reality.

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