Journal of Athletic EnhancementISSN: 2324-9080

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Short Article, J Athl Enhanc Vol: 7 Issue: 1

Effects of Whole-Body Vibration on Jump Performance in Young Women

Pragya Sharma Ghimire1*, Breanne S Baker2 and Debra A Bemben2

1Department of Physical Education and Exercise Studies, Lander University, Greenwood, South Carolina, USA

2Department of Health and Exercise Science, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, USA

*Corresponding Author : Pragya Sharma Ghimire
Department of Physical Education and Exercise Studies, Lander University, 320 Stanley Ave, Greenwood, SC 29649, USA
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Received: October 18, 2017 Accepted: January 01, 2018 Published: January 08, 2018

Citation: Ghimire PS, Baker PS, Bemben DA (2018) Effects of Whole-Body Vibration on Jump Performance in Young Women. J Athl Enhanc 7:1. doi: 10.4172/2324-9080.1000281


Acute effects of whole-body vibration (WBV) have recently gained attention for increasing muscle strength and countermovement jump performance in a short time period. WBV stimulates muscles through activation of the tonic vibration reflex and improves muscle performance. The purpose of this study was to compare acute effects of the Power Plate (PP) and Vibraflex (VF) WBV vibration devices on jump performance in recreationally active women, 20-30 years of age. Twelve female participants performed five protocols in a random order, separated by 48 hour washout periods: 1) Control (no vibration); 2) VF 18 Hz; 3) VF 21 Hz; 4) PP 30 Hz; and 5) PP 50 Hz. The low and high frequencies imposed similar G-forces between the devices. Subjects stood barefoot on the platform for five, 60-second bouts separated by 60 seconds rest. Participants performed jump tests immediately after the vibration exposure. A significant condition effect for jump power was found as the VF18 Hz frequency resulted in greater jump power compared to VF 21 Hz (p=0.01). None of the PP conditions were significantly different from the control condition. In conclusion, we demonstrated the side alternating VF platform is a more effective device for increasing jump performance compared to the synchronous PP platform.

Keywords: Frequency; Countermovement jump; Side alternating; Synchronous

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