EFFECTS OF EIGHT-WEEK WHOLE-BODY VIBRATION TRAINING ON POSTURAL STABILITY IN ELDERLY ADULTS

  • Wei-Hsiu Lin
  • Jun-Dar Lin
  • Yen-Ting Wang
  • Alex J. Y. Lee
Keywords: balance control, sensorimotor function, ageing

Abstract

The aim of this study was to examine the effects of an eight-week whole-body vibration training (WBVT) on postural stability (PS) in elderly people. Twenty-two elderly people with normal ability of movement were randomized into the WBVT group (WBVTG, 13 elders), and the control group (CG, 9 elders). The WBVTG underwent WBV training for 8 weeks. The CG did not take any physical training. The PS performance was evaluated by the Biodex Balance System to measure the overall (O), anterior-posterior (AP), and medial-lateral (ML) stability at level 2 (unstable) and level 8 (stable). One-way ANCOVA were used for statistical analysis, with =0.05. Results showed that after training, the WBVG significantly improved the O, AP, and ML stability performance at level 2, and also the O and ML stability performance at level 8.
Section
Coaching and Sports Activities