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MEDICINA DELLO SPORT
A Journal on Sports Medicine
Official Journal of the Italian Sports Medicine Federation
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Medicina dello Sport 2003 March;56(1):19-24
Use of jerky vibrations to improve the control of equilibrium
Corso di Laurea in Scienze Motorie, Università degli Studi di Foggia, Foggia
Aim. The aim of this study is to analysing the influence of training with jerky vibrations on the levels of sway control of the lower limb.
Methods. For the training a board that could produce jerky vibrations was used, while for the evaluation of the sway control an electronic board was used; the vibratory training was applied to subjects who were on the board in half squat position for 3 sets of 30 s each.
Results. The average results of the study group have shown a considerable increase (p<0.01) of the values in the sway control after the vibratory training; in particular, this increase was evident in the value analysis of the take-off foot (p<0.01).
Conclusions. The introduction of the vibratory training, in addiction to its advantages in the field of strength increase, flexibility and stimulation of the hormonal system, as it is well shown in literature, seems to be for the control group an effective training method for its proprioceptive components.