Ntallas Constantinos, George Dallas


Although whole-body vibration (WBV) combined with static stretching (SS) have proven a suitable method to enhance flexibility without losing muscular strength, it is still unknown what its effect are on running mechanics. Therefore, the purpose of the study was to examine the effect of a WBV combined with SS (WBVSS) warm up procedure on lower limb stiffness and spatiotemporal variables during running. Twenty-two female gymnasts performed 30-s running bouts at 4.44 m.s-1 on a treadmill before and after a WBVSS intervention stimulus. The WBVSS stimulus included two sets of 20s of SS of four different muscle groups on the vibration platform. Leg and vertical stiffness values were calculated using a spring mass model. The results showed a statistically significant interaction effect on vertical stiffness (Kvert), leg stiffness (Kleg), change in leg length (ΔL), maximal ground reaction force (Fmax), contact time (Tc), and flight time (Tf). Results indicated that, a warm-up including SS combined with WBV did not produce significant effect on mean values of Kleg and Kvert, and related kinetic and kinematic variables.


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