Acute effects of whole body vibration on balance in persons with and without chronic ankle instability

Nicole K. Rendos, Hyung Pil Jun, Nancy M. Pickett, Karen Lew Feirman, Kysha Harriell, Sae Yong Lee, Joseph F. Signorile

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Chronic ankle instability (CAI) is a common condition following ankle injury that is associated with compromised balance. Whole body vibration training (WBVT) programmes are linked with improved balance and function in athletic and non-athletic populations and may improve balance in CAI. Twelve healthy and seven CAI participants completed two randomly assigned interventions. Two Power Plate® platforms were attached back to back using a Theraband®. Participants stood on the active plate and inactive plate for WBVT and sham interventions, respectively. Each intervention included vibration of the active plate. Centre of pressure (COP) and the star excursion balance test (SEBT) were measured before and at 3, 15 and 30 min following the interventions. Significant improvements were found in the anterior direction of the SEBT following both interventions in CAI and varying patterns of improvement were observed for COP measurements in all participants. Therefore, WBVT does not appear to acutely improve balance in CAI.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)391-407
Number of pages17
JournalResearch in Sports Medicine
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Oct 2

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


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