Can whole body vibration exercises affect growth hormone concentration? A systematic review

Laisa Liane Paineiras-Domingos, Danúbia da Cunha de Sá-Caputo, Eloá Moreira-Marconi, Danielle Soares Morel, Carla da Fontoura Dionello, Cintia Renata Sousa-Gonçalves, Éric Heleno Freire Ferreira Frederico, Pedro Jesus Marín, Sofia Tamini, Alessandro Sartorio, Mario Bernardo-Filho

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Abstract

Whole body vibration (WBV) has been recognized as an effective alternative exercise modality to resistance exercise for its ability in enhancing force and power, generating capacity in skeletal muscle, increasing bone mass and improving cardiovascular function. Since the effect of WBV exercises on growth hormone (GH) levels has been never compared and discussed, the aim of this study was to review systematically the literature to verify the WBV effects on GH concentration. By using PubMed, Scopus and PEDRo databases with the keywords ‘growth hormone’ or GH and ‘whole body vibration’ or WBV, we found and analysed 12 papers (182 subjects recruited), verifying their level of evidence (National Health and Medical Research Council hierarchy of evidence) and the methodological quality (PEDRo scale). Although WBV induced GH responses in nine out of 12 publications, caution should be however taken when considering the results due to the markedly different methodologies among these publications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-200
Number of pages12
JournalGrowth Factors
Volume35
Issue number4-5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 3 2017

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Keywords

  • GH
  • oscillating/vibratory platform
  • PubMed
  • Scopus and PEDRo databases
  • Whole body vibration exercises

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology

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Paineiras-Domingos, L. L., Sá-Caputo, D. D. C. D., Moreira-Marconi, E., Morel, D. S., da Fontoura Dionello, C., Sousa-Gonçalves, C. R., Frederico, É. H. F. F., Marín, P. J., Tamini, S., Sartorio, A., & Bernardo-Filho, M. (2017). Can whole body vibration exercises affect growth hormone concentration? A systematic review. Growth Factors, 35(4-5), 189-200. https://doi.org/10.1080/08977194.2017.1401619