Musculoskeletal Physiology
Musculoskeletal Physiology

Musculoskeletal Physiology

by Thad Wilson, PhD

Learn about the physiology of movement and form

The musculoskeletal system provides the body with form, stability, and - most crucially - movement, and is therefore an essential component of physiology. Understanding the function of muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments, joints and other tissues that bind the body together is obligatory for anyone willing to learn about physiology, the function of a healthy body. In this course, Professor Thad Wilson will introduce you to the main components of the musculoskeletal system and prepare you for your medical exams and practice.

The following subjects will be covered:
  • Types of smooth muscle and their locations 
  • Function of smooth muscle contractions 
  • Formation of a latch-bridge state 
  • Factors influencing smooth muscle contraction and relaxation 
These complex issues are illustrated by schemata and case studies. After completing this course you will understand the function of the musculoskeletal system and all of its components, and be fully prepared for your medical exams. The course also addresses the needs of practicing physicians who are looking for a physiology refresher, and health science students or practitioners willing to deepen their understanding of applied physiology.

Course Details

  • Videos 11
  • Duration 1:00 h
  • Quiz questions 38
  • Articles 3


Your Educators of course Musculoskeletal Physiology

 Thad Wilson, PhD

Thad Wilson, PhD

Thad E. Wilson is a Professor and Director of Education in the Department of Physiology at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He has been teaching medical students for more than 15 years at Colleges of Medicine in the USA: Philadelphia, PA (Drexel University); Athens, OH (Ohio University), Indianapolis, IN (Marian University), and now Lexington, KY (University of Kentucky). He has worked extensively developing and improving medical curriculums, as well as serving in leadership roles directing Medical Physiology and various organ system courses. Professor Thad Wilson has been awarded multiple institutional and national medical school teaching awards and previously was involved in both question writing and question reviewing for national board exams in the health sciences. Professor Thad Wilson has coauthored >85 peer-reviewed scientific and educational articles as well as a physiology textbook, Lippincott’s Illustrated Reviews: Physiology, which has been translated into seven languages, is in several electronic formats, and is currently in the 2nd edition.

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Very good lecture
By Anna P. on 22. September 2020 for Control and Regulation of Calcium and Phosphorus

Well understand his lecture, and He is talking slowly and patiently.

wonderfull explanation
By alaa g. on 16. August 2020 for Bone: Structure and function

wonderful explanation about bone structure and the need of light bone to make it easy to move

Great explanation
By Alexia L. on 25. July 2020 for Muscle Fiber Types and Properties

I like a lot the examples of each type of muscle fiber

Amazing lesson!
By Moshe H. on 18. July 2019 for Musculoskeletal Physiology

Amazing lesson! It’s very easy to understand. He is explaining everything clear!