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- VIBRO TRAINER Research Project -

“Potential benefits for older adults of Resistance Exercise in a Gym”

Project Summary:

The CI for the existing study is Dr Andrew Williams who is being assisted by Jodi Almond at the University of Tasmania, Launceston. This study is currently funded by the Clifford Craig Medical Research Trust and the University of Tasmania. The aim of this project is to compare the effect of use of a whole body vibration apparatus with traditional resistance training on the physiological well being of a group of older adults.

It will involve participants undertaking 4 months of whole body vibration training or traditional resistance training. Physiological tests of muscle strength, aerobic (endurance) fitness, cardiovascular function (blood flow), and cardiovascular (arterial compliance), metabolic (blood lipids, antioxidant status, blood glucose and insulin levels) and fracture risk factors (static and dynamic balance, bone density), will be tested prior to and after the 4 month training period to gauge the difference in functionalities.

The data will allow us to compare the relative benefits of each type of exercise training in terms of their effects on strength, endurance and cardiovascular, metabolic and fracture risk factors. Depending on the results obtained from the vibration training, we will be able to conduct a larger study to examine the efficacy of whole body vibration training on a

range of variables in the elderly and the greater population. The results of this study will have important implications for the healthy aging of our population.

Furthermore, depending on the above results, we expect to continue our research to help an even wider range of people to achieve a better quality of life. We believe in assisting people in preventing problems in the future and for those who are currently in a difficult situation, to improve dramatically and live a life which is drug and pain free where possible.

Research References:

Dr Prisca Eser, Prof Mary Galea, A/Prof Shona Bass,
'The effect of vibration training on macro-architecture of bone and blood flow in chronic spinal cord

injured individuals‘ - University of Melbourne

Paradisis, G & Zacharogiannis, E. March 2007
'Effects of whole-body vibration training on sprint running kinematics and explosive strength performance'
Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, Vol 6, 44-49 - 01

S. Verschueren, M. Roelants, C. Delecluse, S. Swinnen, D. Vanderschueren, S. Boonen, December 2004

Effect of 6-Month Whole Body Vibration Training on Hip Density, Muscle Strength, and Postural Control in Postmenopausal Women: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study’

Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, Vol 19, Number 3

Shepherd, J. –Sited 17th April 2009
'Can vibration training enhance Sports Performance?'
Sports Injury Bulletin -

Russo, Lauretani, Bandinelli, Bartali, Cavazzini, Guralnik, Ferrucci, December 2003
'High-Frequency Vibration Training Increases Muscle Power in Postmenopausal Women'
Arch Phys Med Rehabil Vol 84,

Chantal A. Vella, January 2005
'Whole-body vibration training‘

IDEA Fitness Journal

C.Bosco, M. Lavovelli, O. Tsarpela, M. Cardinale, M. Bonifazi, J. Tihanyi, M. Viru, A. De Lorenzo, A. Viru. September 1999

‘Hormonal Responses to Whole-Body Vibration in Men’

Eur J Appl Physiol (2000) Vol 81, p449-454

Roelants, Verschueren, Delecluse, Levin, Re Stijnen, 2006
'Whole-body-vibration-induced increase in leg muscle activity during different squat exercises'
Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research,, 20(1), 124-129
2006 National Strength & Conditioning Association

Lotta Ahlborg, PT, MSc , Christina Andersson, PT, PhD and Per Julin, MD, PhD 12


From the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Stockholm, Danderyd University Hospital, and Department of

Neurotec, Division of Physiotherapy, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

O. Semler, O. Fricke, K. Vezyroglou, C. Stark, E. Schoenau

Preliminary results on the mobility after whole body vibration in immobilized children and adolescents

Children’s Hospital, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany

Furness Trentham P.1 and Maschettes Wayne E.1

Influence of WBV platform frequency on neuromuscular performance of community dwelling adults

1 School of Exercise Science, Australian Catholic University, Fitzroy Australia

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C. Bosco, M. Iocavelli, O Tsarpela, M. Cardinale, M. Bonifazi, J. Tihanyi, M. Viru, A. De Lorenzo, A Viru.

Hormonal responses to whole-body vibration in men

Eur J Appl Physiol (2000) 81: 449-454

de Jong J H1, van Kampen M2, Biemans B3


  1. Physio Artos Beckenboden rehabilitation, 2. Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (B), 3. Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen (NL)

Haas CT, Turbanski S, Kessler K, Schmidtbleicher D.

The effects of random whole-body-vibration on motor symptoms in Parkinson's disease.

Institute of Sport Sciences, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University, Frankfurt, Germany. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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