Effect of whole body vibration training on lower limb performance in selected high-level ballet students

Giuseppe Annino, Elvira Padua, Carlo Castagna, Valter Di Salvo, Stefano Minichella, Olga Tsarpela, Vincenzo Manzi, Stefano D'Ottavio

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

The aim of this study was to examine the effects of 8 weeks of whole body vibration (WBV) training on vertical jump ability (CMJ) and knee-extensor performance at selected external loads (50, 70, and 100 kg; leg-press exercise) in elite ballerinas. Twenty-two (age, 21.25 ± 1.5 years) full-time ballerinas were assigned randomly to the experimental (E, n = 11) and control (C, n = 11) groups. The experimental group was submitted to WBV training 3 times per week before ballet practice. During the training period, the E and C groups undertook the same amount of ballet practice. Posttraining CMJ performance significantly increased in E group (6.3 ± 3.8%, p <0.001). Furthermore, E group showed significant (p <0.05-0.001) posttraining average leg-press power and velocity improvements at all the external loads considered. Consequently, the force-velocity and power-velocity relationship shifted to the right after WBV training in the E group. The results of the present study show that WBV training is an effective short-term training methodology for inducing improvements in knee-extensor explosiveness in elite ballerinas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1072-1076
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Strength and Conditioning Research
Volume21
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2007

Keywords

  • Ballerina
  • Force-velocity
  • Power
  • Strength
  • Vertical jump

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Effect of whole body vibration training on lower limb performance in selected high-level ballet students'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this

    Annino, G., Padua, E., Castagna, C., Di Salvo, V., Minichella, S., Tsarpela, O., Manzi, V., & D'Ottavio, S. (2007). Effect of whole body vibration training on lower limb performance in selected high-level ballet students. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 21(4), 1072-1076. https://doi.org/10.1519/R-18595.1