Immediate effects of whole-body vibration on neuromuscular performance of quadriceps and oscillation of the center of pressure: A randomized controlled trial.
Whole body vibration has become a popular practice in training and rehabilitation centers. Although proposed as a useful adjunct to improve various aspects of musculoskeletal function, its real benefits and immediate physiological responses are still uncertain.
This study analyzed the immediate effects of whole-body vibration with two distinct frequencies on neuromuscular performance of the quadriceps femoris and in the postural control of healthy subjects.
Randomized controlled trial.
Sixty physically active women were submitted to an evaluation of the oscillation of the center of pressure through baropodometry and isokinetic performance of quadriceps femoris muscle of the non-dominant limb, associated with the electromyographic amplitude assessment of vastus lateralis muscle. Subjects were randomly divided into three groups: control group – performed an exercise protocol with the vibrating platform off; 30 and 50 Hz groups – conducted the exercise protocol with the platform on, with a frequency of 30 and 50 Hz, respectively.
There was a significant reduction in the time of peak torque in three evaluated groups (p < 0.001), with no differences between the groups (p = 0.586). There were no significant differences in pressure center oscillation, peak torque normalized for body weight, total work, and average power nor in the value of the root mean square in any of the groups.
This study suggests that the exercise protocol on the vibrating platform does not change neuromuscular performance or the pressure center oscillation of healthy women. CLINICALTRIALS.