Effect of whole body vibration exercise on muscle activity when using elastic resistance bands

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Hawkins, William C.
Swart, Brent
Amick, Ryan Zackary
Rogers, Michael E.
Patterson, Jeremy A.

William C. Hawkins, B. Swart, R. Amick. (2012). Effect of Whole Body Vibration Exercise on Muscle Activity when Using Elastic Resistance Bands. -- In Proceedings: 8th Annual Symposium: Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p.80-81


INTRODUCTION: Whole-body vibration (WBV) has been shown to increase muscle fiber recruitment during isotonic contractions. No prior published studies have used elastic resistance. PURPOSE: The main purpose of this study is to investigate the acute effects of a single bout of WBV on electromyography (EMG) activity during exercise when using elastic resistance. METHOD: 30 participants (14 male; 16 female) aged 18-30 were recruited for this study. EMG activity was then determined while participants performed the arm curl and squats using elastic resistance under three conditions: no vibration exposure, during acute vibration exposure, and following acute vibration exposure. Three upper extremity muscles were monitored during the arm curl. Vibration was administered using a vibration platform (Wave®; ProElite, Windsor, ON Canada) at a frequency of 35Hz at 4mm displacement amplitude. RESULTS: Results indicate no statistically significant differences between the three conditions for the upper body but there was a decrease in the primary muscles involved in the concentric phase of the squat immediately after vibration exposure. CONCLUSION: These results suggest that there may be an effect of vibration on muscles in the lower body following vibration.

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Paper presented to the 8th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Marcus Welcome Center, Wichita State University, April 18, 2012.
Research completed at the Department of Human Performance Studies and the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, College of Education, College of Engineering