Abstract Title:

Acute effects of whole-body vibrations on the fatigue induced by multiple repeated sprint ability test in soccer players.

Abstract Source:

J Sports Med Phys Fitness. 2021 Jun 22. Epub 2021 Jun 22. PMID: 34156181

Abstract Author(s):

Giuseppe Annino, Vincenzo Manzi, Paolo Buselli, Bruno Ruscello, Fabrizio Franceschetti, Cristian Romagnoli, Franco Cotelli, Maurizio Casasco, Elvira Padua, Ferdinando Iellamo

Article Affiliation:

Giuseppe Annino


BACKGROUND: We tested the hypothesis that Whole Body Vibration (WBV) positively affects the fatigue process ensuing from repeated bouts of maximal efforts, as induced by repeated sprints ability (RSA). Eleven male soccer players performed three sets of six repeated shuttle sprints (40 metres).

METHODS: Eleven male soccer players (age 23,6±4,5 years) were cross-randomized to perform WBW before RSA and during the recovery between sets (WBV-with) or to warm-up and passive recovery between sets (WBV-without). The effects of WBV were quantified by sprint time (ST) and blood lactate concentration (LA), collected up to 15th min after completion of tests.

RESULTS: ST during RSA showed a better maintenance of performance in the WBV-with compared to WBV-without condition in all three sets, reaching a statistical significance between-groups during the 2nd and 3rd set (P<0.05). No significant differences in ST over the sets were detected in WBVwith, whereas a significant decrease was observed in the WBV-without condition (P<0.001). LA recovered significantly faster from the 9th to 15th minute of recovery in WBV-with as compared to WBV-without (P<0.05).

CONCLUSIONS: These findings would indicate that WBV performed during recovery between RSA sets is capable of delaying the onset of muscle fatigue resulting in a better maintenance of sprint performance.

Study Type : Human Study

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