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A Brief Review: Using Whole-Body Vibration to Increase Acute Power and Vertical Jump Performance

Dabbs, Nicole C. MS1; Tran, Tai T. MS, CSCS2; Garner, John C. PhD, CSCS1; Brown, Lee E. EdD, CSCSD, FNSCA3

Strength & Conditioning Journal: October 2012 - Volume 34 - Issue 5 - p 78–84
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e31826daf9c
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SUMMARY: INCREASED VERTICAL JUMP (VJ) AND PEAK POWER (PP) ARE ESSENTIAL IN MANY SPORTS. USING WHOLE-BODY VIBRATION (WBV) BEFORE A VJ MAY ENHANCE JUMP HEIGHT AND PP OUTPUT AS INDICATED BY PREVIOUS RESEARCH. HOWEVER, VARIATION IN WBV PLATFORMS, FREQUENCIES, AMPLITUDES, EXPOSURE TIMES, AND REST TIMES MUST BE CONSIDERED. THIS ARTICLE PROVIDES COACHES AND PRACTITIONERS WITH A SHORT REVIEW OF LITERATURE ON THE EFFECT OF WBV ON VJ AND A GUIDE ON HOW TO IMPLEMENT AN ACUTE BOUT OF WBV BEFORE AN ACUTE BOUT OF VJ PERFORMANCE.

1Health, Exercise Science and Recreational Management Department, The University of Mississippi, University, Mississippi

2School of Exercise and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, Australia

3Kinesiology Department, California State University, Fullerton, California

Nicole C. Dabbs is a doctoral student in the Department of Health, Exercise Science and Recreational Management at The University of Mississippi.

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Tai T. Tran is a doctoral student in the Department of Exercise Science at Edith Cowan University.

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John C. Garner is an assistant professor in the Department of Health, Exercise Science, and Recreation Management at The University of Mississippi.

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Lee E. Brown is a strength and conditioning professor in the Department of Kinesiology at California State University, Fullerton.

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