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J Exerc Rehabil. 2015 Dec 31;11(6):289-95. doi: 10.12965/jer.150254. eCollection 2015 Dec.

Effects of whole body vibration training on body composition, skeletal muscle strength, and cardiovascular health.

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Whitaker Cardiovascular Institute, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA.
Department of Physical Education, Pusan National University, Busan, Korea.
Department of Internal Medicine, University of Utah, School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT, USA.


Whole body vibration training (WBVT) has been used as a supplement to conventional exercise training such as resistance exercise training to improve skeletal muscle strength, specifically, in rehabilitation field. Recently, this exercise modality has been utilized by cardiovascular studies to examine whether WBVT can be a useful exercise modality to improve cardiovascular health. These studies reported that WBVT has not only beneficial effects on muscular strength but also cardiovascular health in elderly and disease population. However, its mechanism underlying the beneficial effects of WBVT in cardiovascular health has not been well documented. Therefore, this review highlighted the impacts of WBVT on cardiovascular health, and its mechanisms in conjunction with the improved muscular strength and body composition in various populations.


Body composition; Vascular health; Whole body vibration

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