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Whole Body Vibration Resources

Bautmans, I., Van Hees E, Lemper J, Mets T.

The feasibility of whole body vibration in institutionalised elderly persons and its influence on muscle performance, balance and mobility: a randomised, controlled trial.
BMC Geriatrics, Dec; 5:17, 2005

This study shows that in nursing home residents with limited functional de- pendency, six weeks of static Power Plate training is feasible, and beneficial for balance and mobility.

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Bazett-Jones, D, Holmes, W., and Dugan, E

Comparing the effects of various whole-body vibration acceleration on counter-movement jump performance.
Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 7, pp:144-150, 2008
The purpose of this study was to determine which Power Plate intensity has the greatest effect on height of a vertical jump and the duration of that affect, if any exists.

Results show that one 45 seconds bout of Power Plate at 2.94g (40 Hz, 2-4 mm) seems to be the most effective stimulus for this female population, which did not include elite athletes. Males may require a greater duration or volume of vibration exposure to elicit greater effects.

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Bogaerts, A, Verschueren, S, Delecluse, Claessens, A, L, and S. Boonen

Effects of whole body vibration training on postural control in older individu- als: A 1 year randomized controlled trial.
Gait & Posture, 26, 309-316, 2007

This study shows that 12 months of Power Plate training with older individuals leads to a reduced fall frequency, most notably in the most challenging condition (with eyes closed on a moving platform).

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Bogaerts, A, Verschueren, S, Delecluse, Claessens, A, L, Coudyzer, W and Boonen S.

Impact of Whole-Body Vibration Training Versus Fitness Training on Muscle Strength and Muscle Mass in Older Men: A 1-Year Randomized Controlled Trial Journal of Gerontology: MEDICAL SCIENCES, Vol. 62A, No. 6, 630–635, 2007

This study shows that 12 months Power Plate training with community-dwelling older men increased upper leg muscle strength and muscle mass.

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Cormie, P, Deana, R, Travis Triplett, N, and McBride, J.

Acute Effects of Whole-Body Vibration on Muscle Activity, Strength, and Power.

Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 20(2), 257–261, 2006

The result of this study was that an increased jump height can be recorded im- mediately after the vibration treatment compared to the sham (no vibration) treatment. Although not significant, subjects’ peak force, jump height and peak power decreased less after vibration compared to sham immediately, 5 minutes and 15 minutes post treatment. This means that subjects performed at a higher level after the vibration treatment.

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Moezy, A, Olyaei, G, Hadian, M, Razi, M and Faghihzadeh, S

A Comparative Study of Whole Body Vibration Training and Conventional Training on Knee Proprioception and Postural Stability after Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction.

British Journal of Sports Medicine. Published online 8 Jan 2008

The results of this study showed that Power Plate training increased postural stability and proprioceptive function (the conscious perception of limb position in space) in athletes who have had their Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) recon- structed.

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Roelants, M, Verschueren, S, Delecluse, C, Levin, O, and Stijnen, V

WBV-induced increase in leg muscle activity during different squat exercises.

Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 20(1), 124–129 , 2006

Muscle activity in the upper leg (measured with EMG) increased significantly dur- ing a Power Plate session (2 minutes) at 35 Hz. This increase could be measured in all muscles and all exercises compared with the non-vibrating condition.

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Abercromby, A., W. Amonette, W.H. Paloski, and M. Hinman

Effect of knee flexion angle on neuromuscular responses to whole-body vibration.

Abstract presented at NSCA National Conference. July 2005.

In this study done by researcher from NASA they found positive neuromuscular responses of leg muscles during short periods of WBV.

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Amonette, W., A. Abercromby, M. Hinman, and W.H. Paloski

Neuromuscular responses to two whole-body vibration modalities during dynamic squats.

Abstract presented at NSCA National Conference. July 2005.

This study done by NASA suggest that WBV enhances muscle activation in the lower- and upper-leg during dynamic squats.

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Bogaerts, A, Verschueren, S, Delecluse, Claessens, A, L, and S. Boonen

Effects of Whole Body Vibration Training on postural control in older individuals.

Poster presentation at Egrepa International Conference, 2006

The extensive sensory stimulation and more efficient use of the proprioceptive feedback loop caused by the Power Plate are likely to be responsible for the im- provement in some aspects of balance.

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Bogaerts A, Verschueren S, Delecluse C, Claessens A, Boonen S

EFFECTS OF WHOLE BODY VIBRATION TRAINING ON CARDIORESPIRATORY FIT- NESS AND MUSCLE STRENGTH IN OLDER INDIVIDUALS, A ONE YEAR RANDOM- IZED CONTROLLED TRIAL.
12th Annual Congress of the ECSS, 11–14 July 2007

The results of this study show that Power Plate training might be seen as a cardio- vascular training method, without increasing the risk of injury. The results were attained in less than half the time needed for a conventional program with similar results. Consequently, it may improve the ability of older subjects to live longer independently with a higher quality of life.

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Corrie H, Brooke-Wavell K, Mansfield N, D’Souza O, Griffiths V, Morris R, Atten- borough A, Masud T
A randomised controlled trial on the effects of whole body vibration on muscle power in older people at risk of falling.

Osteoporosis Int. 18 (Suppl 3) [Young Investigator Award], 2007

This 12 week study determined that adding vertical vibration to a standard falls prevention programme can improve muscle power in community dwelling older people at risk of falling. The tilting group did not significantly improve. This indicates that Power Plate training could have an important role in improving falls prevention.

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Corrie H, Brooke-Wavell K, Mansfield N, D’Souza O, Griffiths V, Morris R, Atten- borough A, Masud T
Effect of whole body vibration on bone formation and resorption in older patients: a randomised controlled trial.

Osteoporosis Int. 18 (Suppl 3), 2007

This 12 week, 3 times a week, study with older people suggest that whole body vi- bration does not affect bone resorption but lead to an increase in bone formation