Whole body vibration training: analysis and characterization

Antonio Fratini*, Antonio la Gatta, Mario Cesarelli, Paolo Bifulco

*Corresponding author for this work

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The aim of this work is to contribute to the analysis and characterization of training with whole body vibration (WBV) and the resultant neuromuscular response. WBV aims to mechanically activate muscle by eliciting stretch reflexes. Generally, surface electromyography is utilized to assess muscular response elicited by vibrations. However, EMG analysis could potentially bring to erroneous conclusions if not accurately filtered. Tiny and lightweight MEMS accelerometers were found helpful in monitoring muscle motion. Displacements were estimated integrating twice the acceleration data after gravity and small postural subject adjustments contribution removal. Results showed the relevant presence of motion artifacts on EMG recordings, the high correlation between muscle motion and EMG activity and how resonance frequencies and dumping factors depended on subject and his positioning onto the vibrating platform. Stimulations at the resonant frequency maximize muscles lengthening and in turn, muscle spindle solicitation , which may produce more muscle activation. Local mechanical stimulus characterization (Le, muscle motion analysis) could be meaningful in discovering proper muscle stimulation and may contribute to suggest appropriate and effective WBV exercise protocols.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFinal Program and Abstract Book : 9th International Conference on Information Technology and Applications in Biomedicine, ITAB 2009
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)978-1-4244-5379-5
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event9th International Conference on Information Technology and Applications in Biomedicine - Larnaca, Cyprus
Duration: 4 Nov 20097 Nov 2009


Conference9th International Conference on Information Technology and Applications in Biomedicine
Abbreviated titleITAB 2009


  • electromyography
  • muscle motion
  • whole body vibrations


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