The brain, spinal cord and movement basics

Module Overview

Originated by: Dr Judith Steigmuller

The master of movement coordination is the brain. The brain controls motor programs in the spinal cord and the spinal cord controls muscle contraction. The brain harbours three major motor areas that regulate movement and in addition communicate with each other.

This module looks at how the brain works in relation to the basics of movement, reflex movement, motor areas and what happens when muscles fail to work.

We will explore

  • What is ‘movement’ located in the brain
  • What are reflexes and how do they work?
  • Exploring motor areas and where they are on our body
  • What happens when muscles fail to work?
  • An overview of how muscles can be re-activated


We are continously working to improve and update our material to ensure it is meeting the needs of students and teachers alike.

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All modules are delivered to you via email through a downloadable link.

Our programmes include a range of learning materials to support both teachers and students in the classroom. Content wise, each module is different but some components are common to all to provide assessment tools for teachers and familiar references for students.

This module includes

  • Lesson plan
  • PowerPoint presentation
  • Observation of thoughts
  • Teacher assessment

We believe that some topics are approached more powerfully by bringing in animation. That is why some of the topics have videos to illustrate the learning points

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