Wavelet analysis of lumbar muscle oxygenation signals during whole-body vibration: Implications for the development of localized muscle fatigue

Zengyong Li, Ming Zhang, Guoqiang Chen, Site Luo, Feifei Liu, Jianping Li

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The objective of this study was to assess the effects of whole-body vibration (WBV) on lumbar muscle oxygenation oscillations in healthy men based on the wavelet transform of near-infrared spectroscopy signals. Twelve healthy participants were exposed to WBV at frequencies of 3, 4.5 and 6 Hz while muscle oxygenation signal was monitored before, during and recovery from WBV. With spectral analysis based on wavelet transform of NIR signal, six frequency intervals were identified (I, 0.005-0.0095 Hz; II, 0.0095-0.02 Hz; III, 0.02-0.06 Hz; IV, 0.06-0.16 Hz; V, 0.16-0.40 Hz and VI, 0.40-2.0 Hz). It was found that the muscle oxygenation oscillations at 4.5 Hz in the frequency intervals I, II and III was lower during WBV compared with that of at 3 Hz. Present results demonstrated WBV at 4.5 Hz induced lower oscillatory activities than that of at 3 Hz. The lower oscillatory activities might indicate a decrease in the efficiency of oxygen supply to the oxygenated tissue and such mechanism might contribute to the development of local muscle fatigue.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3109-3117
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Journal of Applied Physiology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2012


  • Muscle oxygenation oscillation
  • Near-infrared spectroscopy
  • Vibration
  • Wavelet transform

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Physiology (medical)

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