Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
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©Journal of Sports Science and Medicine (2013) 12, 497 - 501

Research article
The Effect of Acute Vibration Exercise on Short-Distance Sprinting and Reactive Agility
Darryl J. Cochrane 
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Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand

Darryl J. Cochrane
‚úČ School of Sport and Exercise, Massey University, Private Bag 11 222, Palmerston North 4442, New Zealand
Publish Date
Received: 30-04-2013
Accepted: 23-05-2013
Published (online): 01-09-2013
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Vibration exercise (VbX) has been a popular modality to enhancing physical performance, where various training methods and techniques have been employed to improve immediate and long-term sprint performance. However, the use of acute side-alternating VbX on sprint and agility performance remains unclear. Eight female athletes preformed side-alternating vibration exercise (VbX) and control (no VbX) in a cross over randomised design that was conducted one week apart. After performing a warm-up, the athletes undertook maximal 5m sprints and maximal reactive agility sprints (RAT), this was followed by side-alternating VbX (26 Hz, 6mm) or control (no VbX). Immediately following the intervention, post-sprint tests and RAT were performed. There was a significant treatment effect but there was no time effect (pre vs. post) or interaction effect for sprint and RAT; however, side-alternating VbX did not compromise sprint and agility performance.

Key words: Explosive power, speed, postactivation potentiation, warm-up

           Key Points
  • Acute VbX could be beneficial for the acceleration phase (1.5m) of a short-distance sprint.
  • Acute VbX does not have positive influence on short-distance (3m & 5m) sprint performance.
  • Acute VbX does not enhance reactive agility performance.
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