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J Biomech, 2017; 57(): 87-93, PMID: 28431747

Effects of vibration training in reducing risk of slip-related falls among young adults with obesity.

Year: 2017

Yang F, Munoz J, Han LZ, Yang F
Department of Kinesiology and Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA 30302, USA. Electronic address:


This study examined the effects of controlled whole-body vibration training on reducing risk of slip-related falls in people with obesity. Twenty-three young adults with obesity were randomly assigned into either the vibration or placebo group. The vibration and placebo groups respectively received 6-week vibration and placebo training on a side-alternating vibration platform. Before and after the training, the isometric knee extensors strength capacity was measured for the two groups. Both groups were also exposed to a standardized slip induced by a treadmill during gait prior to and following the training. Dynamic stability and fall incidences responding to the slip were also assessed. The results indicated that vibration training significantly increased the muscle strength and improved dynamic stability control at recovery touchdown after the slip occurrence. The improved dynamic stability could be resulted from the enhanced trunk segment movement control, which may be attributable to the strength increment caused by the vibration training. The decline of the fall rates from the pre-training slip to the post-training one was greater among the vibration group than the placebo group (45% vs. 25%). Vibration-based training could be a promising alternative or additional modality to active exercise-based fall prevention programs for people with obesity.

Keywords: Obesity, Fall-Risk, Muscke Funktion, Msucel Force
GID: 4433; Last update: 02.05.2017