Acute effect of whole-body vibration warm-up on footspeed quickness

Date
2016-08
Authors
Donahue, Ryan B.
Duplanty, Anthony A.
Vingren, Jakob L.
Levitt, Danielle E.
Luk, Hui-Ying
Kraemer, William J.
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Publisher
Wolters-Kluwer
Abstract

The warm-up routine preceding a training or athletic event can affect the performance during that event. Whole-body vibration (WBV) can increase muscle performance, and thus the inclusion of WBV to the warm-up routine might provide additional performance improvements. The purpose of this investigation was to examine the acute effect of a WBV warm-up, using a vertical oscillating platform and a more traditional warm-up protocol on feet quickness in physically active men. Twenty healthy and physically active men (18–25 years, 22 ± 3 years, 176.8 ± 6.4 cm, 84.4 ± 11.5 kg, 10.8 ± 1.4% body fat) volunteered for this study. A 2 × 2 factorial design was used to examine the effect of 4 warm-up scenarios (no warm-up, traditional warm-up only, WBV warm-up only, and combined traditional and WBV warm-up) on subsequent 3-second Quick feet count test (QFT) performance. The traditional warm-up consisted of static and dynamic exercises and stretches. The WBV warm-up consisted of 60 seconds of vertical sinusoidal vibration at a frequency of 35 Hz and amplitude of 4 mm on a vibration platform. The WBV protocol significantly (p ≤ 0.0005, η2 = 0.581) augmented QFT performance (WBV: 37.1 ± 3.4 touches; no-WBV: 35.7 ± 3.4 touches). The results demonstrate that WBV can enhance the performance score on the QFT. The findings of this study suggest that WBV warm-up should be included in warm-up routines preceding training and athletic events which include very fast foot movements.

Description
Article originally published in Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 30(8), 2286–2291. English. Published online 2016. https://doi.org/10.1519/jsc.0000000000001014
Keywords
Agility, Performance, Quick feet, Dynamic
Citation
This is an abstract of an article that is available at https://doi.org/10.1519/jsc.0000000000001014. Recommended citation: Donahue, R. B., Vingren, J. L., Duplanty, A. A., Levitt, D. E., Luk, H.-Y., & Kraemer, W. J. (2016). Acute effect of whole-body vibration warm-up on footspeed quickness. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 30(8), 2286–2291. https://doi.org/10.1519/jsc.0000000000001014. This item has been deposited in accordance with publisher copyright and licensing terms and with the author’s permission.
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