Acute whole-body vibration does not facilitate peak torque and stretch reflex in healthy adults

Wai Ella Yeung, Cheuk C. Lau, Ada P.K. Kwong, Yan M. Sze, Wei Y. Zhang, Simon S. Yeung

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The acute effect of whole-body vibration (WBV) training may enhance muscular performance via neural potentiation of the stretch reflex. The purpose of this study was to investigate if acute WBV exposure affects the stretch induced knee jerk reflex [onset latency and electromechanical delay (EMD)] and the isokinetic knee extensor peak torque performance. Twenty-two subjects were randomly assigned to the intervention or control group. The intervention group received WBV in a semi-squat position at 30° knee flexion with an amplitude of 0.69 mm, frequency of 45 Hz, and peak acceleration of 27.6 m/s2 for 3 minutes. The control group underwent the same semii-squatting position statically without exposure of WBV. Two-way mixed repeated measures analysis of variance revealed no significant group effects differences on reflex latency of rectus femoris (RF) and vastus lateralis (VL; p = 0.934 and 0.935, respectively) EMD of RF and VL (p = 0.474 and 0.551, respectively) and peak torque production (p = 0.483) measured before and after the WBV. The results of this study indicate that a single session of WBV exposure has no potentiation effect on the stretch induced reflex and peak torque performance in healthy young adults.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-35
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Sports Science and Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2014


  • Acute whole body vibration
  • Neuromuscular performance
  • Peak torque
  • Stretch reflex

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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