Growth hormone and lactate responses induced by maximal isometric voluntary contractions and whole-body vibrations in healthy subjects

A. Sartorio, F. Agosti, A. De Col, N. Marazzi, F. Rastelli, S. Chiavaroli, C. L. Lafortuna, S. G. Cella, A. E. Rigamonti

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Background: In contrast with maximal voluntary resistance exercise, which is allegedly considered a potent GH stimulus in young subjects, evaluation of GH response to whole-body vibrations (WBV) has yielded conflicting results. Methods: The acute effects of WBV alone (test A), maximal voluntary isometric contractions (MVC) (test B), and combination of WBV and MVC (test C) on serum GH and blood lactate (LA) levels were studied in 9 healthy adult males. Muscle soreness was assessed 24 and 48 h after exercise by a visual analogue scale. Results: GH responses were significantly higher after tests B and C than after test A (GH peaks: 18.8±9.5 ng/ml or20.8±13.7 ng/ml, respectively, vs 4.3±3.5 ng/ml; p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)216-221
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Endocrinological Investigation
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2011



  • GH
  • Healthy subjects
  • Lactate
  • Maximal isometric voluntary contractions
  • Whole-body vibrations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology

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