Vol. 8, Issue 2, Decembar 2012.




Adam Hawkey1
1Research Centre for Sport, Exercise and Performance, University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom


doi: 10.5550/sgia.120802.en.116H  



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Whole body vibration training has been shown to improve athletic performance. However, the majority of studies have utilised relatively intensive training programmes. The current study assessed the effect of a 6-week vibration training programme on a recreationally active population. Following institutional ethics approval, 22 healthy, recreationally active male individuals were recruited and randomly assigned into either a vibration group (n = 11) or a control group (n = 11). The vibration group undertook 6-weeks training, conducted once-a-week, utilising 3 different squatting exercises (120º and 90º static squats, and 120º - 90º dynamic squat) on a NEMES Bosco vibration platform: Week 1 (3 x 60s, 35Hz/2mm); Week 2 (3 x 70s, 35Hz/2mm); Week 3 (3 x 60s, 40Hz/2mm); Week 4 (3 x 70s, 40Hz/2mm); Week 5 (3 x 60s, 45Hz/2mm); Week 6 (3 x 70s, 45Hz/2mm). The control group followed the same training programme with sham (0Hz/0mm) vibration. Prior to, and on completion of, the study all participants performed 3 maximal countermovement jumps to assess muscular power. A 2-way ANOVA with repeated measures, with one between-subject factor ″group″ (experimental vs. control) and one within-subject factor ″time″ (pre vs. post intervention), indicated that there was a significant time x group interaction (p < .0001) for countermovement jump performance between the intervention (pre- .43 ± .08m to post- .49m ± .08) and control group (pre- .43 ± .07m to post- .41 ± .08m). Results suggest that 6-week vibration training conducted once-a-week is sufficient to elicit significant increases in jumping performance in a recreationally active population.


Key words: jumping, performance, squatting, recreationally active, strength, power.



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