Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
ISSN: 1303 - 2968   
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©Journal of Sports Science and Medicine (2012) 11, 423 - 429

Research article
The Effects of Vibration During Maximal Graded Cycling Exercise: A Pilot Study
Davide Filingeri1,2,3, , Monèm Jemni1, Antonino Bianco2, Edzard Zeinstra3, Alfonso Jimenez1,5
Author Information
1 School of Science, University of Greenwich, Central Avenue, Chatham Maritime, UK
2 Department of Sport Science (DISMOT), University of Palermo, Palermo, Italy
3 Environmental Ergonomics Research Centre, Loughborough Design School, Loughborough University, UK
4 Power Plate Research Institute, Badhoevedorp, the Netherlands
5 Institute of Sports, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL), Victoria University of Melbourne, Australia

Davide Filingeri
✉ Present address: Environmental Ergonomics Research Centre, Loughborough Design School, Loughborough University, LE11 3TU, UK
Publish Date
Received: 19-02-2012
Accepted: 21-05-2012
Published (online): 01-09-2012
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Whole Body Vibration training is studied and used in different areas, related to sport performance and rehabilitation. However, few studies have investigated the effects of Vibration (Vib) exposure on aerobic performance through the application of this concept to cycling exercise. A specifically designed vibrating cycloergometer, the powerBIKE, was used to compare the effects of Vib cycling exercise and normal cycling on different physiological parameters during maximal graded exercise test. Twelve recreationally active male adults (25 ± 4.8 yrs; 181.33 ± 5.47 cm; 80.66 ± 11.91 kg) performed two maximal incremental cycling tests with and without Vib in a block-randomized order. The protocol consisted of a 4 min warm up at 70 rev·min-1 followed by incremental steps of 3 min each. Cycling cadence was increased at each step by 10 rev·min-1 until participants reached their volitional exhaustion. Respiratory gases (VO2, VCO2), Heart Rate, Blood Lactate and RPE were collected during the test. Paired t-tests and Cor-relation Coefficients were used for statistical analysis. A significantly greater (P<0.05) response in the VO2, HR, BLa and RPE was observed during the Vib trial compare to normal cycling. No significant differences were found in the maximal aerobic power (Vib 34.32 ± 9.70 ml·kg-1·min-1; no Vib 40.11 ± 9.49 ml·kg-1·min-1). Adding Vib to cycling exercise seems eliciting a quicker energetic demand during maximal exercise. However, mechanical limitations of the vibrating prototype could have affected the final outcomes. Future studies with more comparative setting are recommended to deeply appraise this concept.

Key words: Vibration, Endurance, Aerobic, Energetic demand, Cycloergometer

           Key Points
  • There is strong evidence to suggest that acute indirect vibrations act on muscle to enhance force, power, flexibility, balance and proprioception.
  • There is a lack of knowledge regarding the effects of applying Vib to dynamic aerobic exercise.
  • Added vibrations to cycling exercise seem producing a quicker energetic demand during maximal graded exercise when compared to traditional cycling.
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