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Maturitas. 2013 Mar;74(3):276-8. doi: 10.1016/j.maturitas.2012.12.008. Epub 2013 Jan 9.

Effects of a short-term whole body vibration intervention on physical fitness in elderly people.

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1
GENUD "Growth, Exercise, NUtrition and Development" Research Group, University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain; Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences (FCSD), Department of Physiatry and Nursing, University of Zaragoza, Ronda Misericordia 5, 22001 Huesca, Spain. Electronic address: agomez@unizar.es.
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GENUD "Growth, Exercise, NUtrition and Development" Research Group, University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain; Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences (FCSD), Department of Physiatry and Nursing, University of Zaragoza, Ronda Misericordia 5, 22001 Huesca, Spain.
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GENUD "Growth, Exercise, NUtrition and Development" Research Group, University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain; GENUD Toledo Research Group, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Toledo, Spain.

Abstract

We aimed to clarify whether a short-term whole body vibration (WBV) training has a beneficial effect on physical fitness in elderly people. Forty-nine non-institutionalized elderly (75.0 ± 4.7 years) participated in the study. Twenty-four of them trained on a vibration platform for 11 weeks. Physical fitness included balance, lower- and upper-body strength and flexibility, agility, walking speed and endurance. In the WBV group most of the physical tests improved through the intervention (all P < 0.01) while in the control group only an increment was detected in lower-body strength (P < 0.05). In conclusion, a short-term WBV training is beneficial for physical fitness among elderly people.

KEYWORDS:

Ageing; Exercise; Health; Physical activity; Training

PMID:
23312489
DOI:
10.1016/j.maturitas.2012.12.008
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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