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Whole body vibration training reduces plantar foot sensitivity but improves balance control of healthy subjects.
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PMID:  22061837     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The goal of this study was to investigate the effects of short-time whole body vibration (WBV) training on foot vibration sensitivity of healthy subjects. Furthermore, the effects of WBV on a balance task (one-leg stand) were also evaluated. 30 young healthy subjects participated in the study. Vibration perception thresholds and balance were measured prior and after a single session of a 4-min WBV training (27Hz, 2mm horizontal amplitude). Thresholds were measured at 200Hz at three anatomical locations of the plantar foot area (first and fifth metatarsal heads and heel). Body balance was quantified using the length as well as the area described by the center of pressure (COP) at quiet, one-leg standing. Whereas vibration thresholds significantly increased after WBV training at all measured locations, there was a significant decrease in the balance related parameters after WBV exercise. The results indicate that the above-threshold, sinusoidal vibration used during WBV training is not an adequate strategy to stimulate/improve vibration sensitivity. The improvements seen in balance after WBV are likely to have neuromuscular mechanisms as their main component rather than increased foot sensitivity.
Günther Schlee; Diego Reckmann; Thomas L Milani
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-10-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neuroscience letters     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1872-7972     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Oct 
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Created Date:  2011-11-8     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  7600130     Medline TA:  Neurosci Lett     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd.
Chemnitz University of Technology, Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Institute for Sport Science, Department of Human Locomotion, 09107 Chemnitz, Germany.
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