Document Type

Poster

Publication Date

2018

Department

Physical Therapy

Faculty Advisor

Laura Favaro, PT, DPT, Cert. MDT, FAAOMPT

Abstract

The delivery of whole body vibration (WBV) is achieved through applying mechanical oscillations to the body via therapeutic plates. WBV is believed to create changes within the body by transferring energy from a vibration plate to the individual, which when combined with stretching, may create several physiological changes in lower extremity ROM, force output, and function. Literature exists regarding benefits of WBV within the athletic population; however, effects of WBV on individuals with a history of hamstring injury have not been studied. Hamstring strains are the most common type of musculotendinous injury across NCAA athletics. Effects of WBV on soft tissue may be beneficial to recover from a hamstring strain and return to sport. This presentation reviews a snapshot of the literature regarding WBV in combination with stretching to improve range of motion and functional hop in healthy individuals. Limitations in the literature and further research needs will be identified.

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