Mapping the Hot Spots and Evolution Main Path of Whole-Body Vibration Training Since the 21st Century: A Bibliometric Analysis

Author: Dan Dong1, Mingli Sun2, Dan Xu3, Shuang Han3, Liyuan Cui3, Shu Cao3, Ying Yang3, Shuang Xu3
1 Department of Pathophysiology, College of Basic Medical Science, China Medical University, Shenyang, China.
2 School of Kinesiology, Shenyang Sport University, Shenyang, China.
3 Library of China Medical University, Shenyang, China.
Conference/Journal: Front Bioeng Biotechnol
Date published: 2022 Jul 11
Other: Volume ID: 10 , Pages: 920846 , Special Notes: doi: 10.3389/fbioe.2022.920846. , Word Count: 318

To evaluate the global scientific output of the research on whole-body vibration training (WBVT) and explore the current status and trends in this field over the past decades using bibliometric methods, we retrieved the literature related to WBVT from 2000 to the present in the Web of Science Core Collection (WoSCC). We analyzed annual publications, citations, countries, organizations, productive authors, and source 14 journals by the Web of Science online bibliometric analysis. We visualized the WBVT research trends and explored influential organizations and authors through VOSviewer. Then, we constructed a citation chronology map by HistCite to obtain the knowledge base of this field and made a primary citation path analysis by Pajek. Finally, we mined the hot spots of WBVT by BICOMB and gCLUTO. Overall, there were 1,629 publications included in this study between 2000 and 2022. The United States contributed the most publications in this field, and the country with the most active partnership was Spain. The University of Cologne ranked highest among top productive organizations. Bernardo-Filho, Mario, from Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, ranked first among the top productive authors. The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research topped the list of journals with the most publications on WBVT by a wide margin. The WBVT research field started from Rittweger's study on the acute physiological effects of WBVT in 2000, which was divided into two stages. The first stage focused on improving athletic ability, and the second stage gradually turned to the application in medicine. A keyword analysis showed the exercise rehabilitation of several aging chronic diseases was the research trend and hot spot of WBVT. The current study provided a time-based development and a global network hub for WBVT research, contributing to identifying core target diseases of WBVT and providing various insights for researchers in the future.

Keywords: bibliometric analysis; biclustering analysis; citation chronology map; hot spots; main path analysis; visualization; whole-body vibration training (WBVT).

PMID: 35898640 PMCID: PMC9309814 DOI: 10.3389/fbioe.2022.920846