Breathing: Motor control of diaphragm muscle

Matthew J. Fogarty, Carlos B. Mantilla, Gary C. Sieck

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Breathing occurs without thought but is controlled by a complex neural network with a final output of phrenic motor neurons activating diaphragm muscle fibers (i.e., motor units). This review considers diaphragm motor unit organization and how they are controlled during breathing as well as during expulsive behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)113-126
Number of pages14
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology


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