Whole body vibration does not enhance muscle activation (2009).

Int J Sports Med. 2009 Dec;30(12):841-4.


Whole body vibration does not enhance muscle activation.

Colson SS, Petit PD, Hébreard L, Tessaro J, Pensini M.


University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, Laboratory of Human Motricity, Education and Health, Nice, France. colson@unice.fr


Whether a whole body vibration session can enhance muscle voluntary activation remains debated. This pilot study thus investigated the acute effects of an intervention with whole body vibration versus a “sham” intervention on the voluntary activation of knee extensor muscles. Ten healthy subjects volunteered to participate in two interventions, vibration and sham, in randomized order. Knee extensor muscle voluntary activation, contractile properties and maximal voluntary isometric contraction were assessed before and immediately after each intervention. No significant differences were found for any of the variables. After both interventions, muscle activation remained unchanged, whereas maximal voluntary isometric contraction was significantly reduced (p<0.05). In conclusion, the two interventions induced the same adaptations in the knee extensors. These findings can be useful in conceiving whole body vibration protocols, although future research is warranted to address the influence of vibration on neural adaptation.