Whole body vibration training in postmenopausal women: GOOD VIBES Study

Summary

Randomized controlled trial of various frequencies of whole body vibration training on bone turnover and neuromuscular adaptation in older women.

Supervisor(s)

Professor Maria Fiatarone Singh

Research Location

Exercise, Health and Performance Research Group

Program Type

Masters/PHD

Synopsis

Mechanical loading is essential for musculoskeletal health. However, high fracture risk in osteopenic and osteoporotic populations means that loading of bone must be low impact, while at the same time optimising muscle function in those with limited mobility. The understanding of how whole body vibration  may  reduce the risk of osteoporotic fracture and improve musculoskeletal health remains imperfect. Several types of exercise prescription using whole body vibration are documented but are yet to be compared. A prospective, randomised, double-blind, placebo controlled study is proposed to examine the effects of whole body vibration on bone mineral and muscle strength in post menopausal females. Examining for potential changes in musculoskeletal health with a whole body vibration intervention will not only advance understanding in this area, but also refine exercise and whole body vibration prescription in support of the health of women at risk of osteoporotic fracture in Australia.

Additional Information

Vibration platform, pQCT, bone turnover markers, physical performance testing. Effects of training and detraining on muscle and bone adaptation to whole body vibration training in older women; dose fesponse effects of different volumes of training will be studied.  Relationship between baseline fitness and body composition and vitamin D status to bone and musculoskeletal adaptation to vibration training will be analyzed.

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Keywords

Osteoporosis, sarcopenia, muscle function, Vibration exercise, Bone, postmenopausal women, Counselling & patient support, Health & lifestyle, Human body, Professional practice

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 97