Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Effects of Whole-Body-Vibration on Older Adults' Health-Related Quality of Life

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Effects of Whole-Body-Vibration on Older Adults' Health-Related Quality of Life

Article excerpt

There are age-related declines in physiological functioning, functional capacity, and health-related quality of life (HRQL). Mitigating the rate of decline is an important focus of preventive health. Recent evidence suggests that whole-body-vibration (WBV) may be effective in improving physiological parameters and functional capacity in older adults and that the benefits may be comparable to traditional exercise modalities. Whether this holds true for HRQL is unclear. This study's purpose was to compare the effects of WBV to a community-based exercise program (CBEP) on older adults' HRQL. Twenty-eight participants (4 men, Mage = 83.5 years, SD = 3.5, and 24 women, Mage = 74.1 years, SD = 8.2) were randomly assigned to WBV or CBEE The intervention lasted 6 months, with participants doing WBV 10-15 min, 5 days/week on a TurboSonic[R] Deluxe WBV platform or CBEP 50 min, 2 days/week. The SF-36 Health Survey was used to assess physical (i.e., physical function, role physical, bodily pain, and general health) and mental (i. …

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