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

Donahue, Ryan B.
Duplanty, Anthony A.
Vingren, Jakob L.
Levitt, Danielle E.
Luk, Hui-Ying
Kraemer, William J.
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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.

Article originally published in Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 30(8), 2286–2291. English. Published online 2016.
Agility, Performance, Quick feet, Dynamic
This is an abstract of an article that is available at 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. This item has been deposited in accordance with publisher copyright and licensing terms and with the author’s permission.