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The sense of position and movement of the limbs and the sense of muscular tension. The awareness of the orientation of the body in space and the direction, extent, and rate of movement of the limbs depend in part upon information derived from sensory receptors in the joints, tendons, and muscles. Information from these receptors, called proprioceptors, is normally integrated with that arising from vestibular receptors (which signal gravitational acceleration and changes in velocity of movements of the head), as well as from visual, auditory, and tactile receptors. Sensory information from certain proprioceptors, particularly those in muscles and tendons, need not reach consciousness, but can be used by the motor system as feedback to guide postural adjustments and control of well-practiced or semiautomatic movements such as those involved in walking.

Receptors for proprioception are the endings of peripheral nerve fibers within the capsule or ligaments of the joints or within muscle. These endings are associated with specialized end organs such as Pacinian corpuscles, Ruffini's cylinders, and Golgi organs (the latter resembling histologic Golgi structures in the skin), and muscle spindles. See Cutaneous sensation, Sensation, Somesthesis


The reception of internal stimuli.
Sensory awareness of one's location with regard to the external environment.
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Proprioception in ADHD: "Motor learning relies on integrated sensory inputs in ADHD, but over-selectively on proprioception in autism spectrum conditions.
They consider this balance impairment as a result of decreased proprioception that they previously described.
Proprioception is the major component to transmit information from environment to nervous system in the absence of vision.
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Although cerebellar damage also has to be considered, it is more likely that this patient's balance issues are connected with nerve damage to her dorsal columns resulting in a loss of proprioception in her feet.
The film is in part not comfortable to watch; a woman asks a man suffering loss of proprioception to pass an object from hand to hand, which he does across his groin, then he 'accidentally' gropes her leg when handing it back.
The more so as proprioception and coordination are usually neglected in rehabilitation programs, wrongly assuming that the athlete is ready to go back on the ground once she regained the muscular strength and mobility.
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The word of the day is proprioception, from the Latin "proprius" (meaning "one's own" or "individual") and "capio" (meaning "to take or grasp").