Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Health and Rehabilitation Sciences


Dr. Alan Salmoni


Whole-body vibration training (WBV) may improve balance and strength in older adults. This study investigated the effects of WBV on the balance, lower body strength, balance confidence and quality of life in community-dwelling older adults. Participants (N = 23; 77 ± 7.8 years) were randomized into a WBV group or control group. The WBV group performed eight weeks of WBV; four weeks of standing followed by four weeks of dynamic squats. Control group participants maintained their current lifestyles. Postural control, the Sit-to-Stand test, the Berg Balance Scale, the Activities-specific Balance Confidence Scale and the Medical Outcome Survey Short-Form 36 were tested at baseline and post-intervention. Analyses revealed that WBV did not affect the postural control, quality of life or balance confidence of the WBV group. However, the WBV group improved on functional balance and lower body strength measures. WBV may be an effective method for improving muscle performance in older adults. Future research is warranted on WBV for low functioning older adults.



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