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Whole body vibration as an adjunct to static stretching.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20535662     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study was a randomized control trial. The purpose of this study was twofold: 1) to determine if stretching the hamstrings during whole-body-vibration (WBV) is more effective than static stretching alone; and 2) to monitor retention of flexibility changes. The main outcome measure was hamstring flexibility as measured in degrees using a passive knee extension test. Thirty-four recreationally active college-age subjects (23.4+/-1.7 yrs) completed this study (22 males, 12 females, avg. ht.=175.6+/-6.4 cm, avg. wt.=74.9+/-11.8 kg). Subjects were assigned to a control group (C), a static stretch group (SS), or a vibration + static stretch group (V). Subjects stretched 5 days/wk for 4-weeks and were followed for 3-weeks after cessation to monitor retention. Analysis showed a significant difference between treatment groups (p<0.0001), time (p<0.0001), gender (p=0.0002) and in treatment*time (p=0.0119), with 14%+/-3.86% (SEM) and 22%+/-3.86% (SEM) increases in flexibility after 4-weeks of stretching for the SS and V groups respectively. Three-week follow-up showed SS returning to baseline with V group still 6.4 degrees (11%+/-3.88% (SEM)) more flexible than at baseline. Stretching concurrently with vibration on a WBV platform appears to be a good adjunct to static stretching with the potential to enhance retention of flexibility gains.
J B Feland; M Hawks; J T Hopkins; I Hunter; A W Johnson; D L Eggett
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial     Date:  2010-06-09
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of sports medicine     Volume:  31     ISSN:  1439-3964     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Sports Med     Publication Date:  2010 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-07-28     Completed Date:  2010-11-08     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8008349     Medline TA:  Int J Sports Med     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  584-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
(c) Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart . New York.
Brigham Young University, Human Performance Research Center, Provo 84602, Utah, United States.
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MeSH Terms
Follow-Up Studies
Knee Joint / physiology
Muscle Stretching Exercises / methods*
Muscle, Skeletal / physiology*
Pliability / physiology
Range of Motion, Articular
Sex Factors
Time Factors
Young Adult

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