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The Effect of Whole-Body Vibration on Jump Height and Active Range of Movement in Female Dancers

Marshall, Lucille C1,2; Wyon, Matthew A2,3

Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research: March 2012 - Volume 26 - Issue 3 - pp 789-793
doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e31822a5ce8

Marshall, LC and Wyon, MA. The effect of whole-body vibration on jump height and active range of movement in female dancers. J Strength Cond Res 26(3): 789–793, 2012—Whole-body vibration (WBV) has been shown to have beneficial effects on strength and power indices in sedentary and moderately trained individuals. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of 4 weeks of WBV on jump height, active range of motion (AROM), and leg anthropometry in conservatoire dance students. Seventeen female dancers were randomly assigned to a control or intervention group. The intervention group trained for 30 seconds per position at a 35-Hz frequency, 8-mm displacement in the first 2 weeks, and 40 seconds at 40 Hz for the final 2 weeks, whereas the control group carried out the same exercises but without vibration stimulation. A significant (p < 0.01) difference in the intervention group was noted over time for vertical jump and active ROM. No significant changes over time were noted in the anthropometric data. In conclusion, WBV can be used as a beneficial supplemental training intervention to increase jump and active flexibility in highly trained dancers without corresponding increases in relative anthropometric data.

1Department of Dance Science, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London, United Kingdom; 2Research Center for Sport Exercise and Performance, University of Wolverhampton, Walsall United Kingdom; and 3National Institute for Dance Medicine and Science, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Address correspondence to Dr. Matthew Wyon,

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