The Effect of a Short-Term and Long-Term Whole-Body Vibration in Healthy Men upon the Postural Stability.

Author: Piecha M1, Juras G2, Król P1, Sobota G2, Polak A1, Bacik B2.
Affiliation: 1Department of Physiotherapy Basics, Jerzy Kukuczka Academy of Physical Education, Katowice, Poland. 2Department of Human Motor Behavior, Jerzy Kukuczka Academy of Physical Education, Katowice, Poland.
Conference/Journal: PLoS One.
Date published: 2014 Feb 10
Other: Volume ID: 9 , Issue ID: 2 , Pages: e88295 , Special Notes: doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0088295 , Word Count: 162

The study aimed to establish the short-term and long-term effects of whole-body vibration on postural stability. The sample consisted of 28 male subjects randomly allocated to four comparative groups, three of which exercised on a vibration platform with parameters set individually for the groups. The stabilographic signal was recorded before the test commenced, after a single session of whole-body vibration, immediately after the last set of exercises of the 4-week whole-body vibration training, and one week after the training ended. The subjects were exposed to vibrations 3 times a week for 4 weeks. Long-term vibration training significantly shortened the rambling and trembling paths in the frontal plane. The path lengths were significantly reduced in the frontal plane one week after the training end date. Most changes in the values of the center of pressure (COP) path lengths in the sagittal and frontal plane were statistically insignificant. We concluded that long-term vibration training improves the postural stability of young healthy individuals in the frontal plane.
PMID: 24520362