Published: 31 December 2007

Electrovibrostimulation during the training of sportsmen, an experimental set-up

Koos Jaap Van Zwieten1
I. Verhaegen2
Bert Op't Eijnde3
A. Zinkovsky4
I. Zubova5
K. Schmidt6
P. Lippens7
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Abstract

In this study the effects of electrovibrostimulation training are compared with classical powertraining, in a group of 18-24 years old healthy sportsmen, during the spring season of 2007. Former studies showed the effectiveness of electrovibrostimulation on the functional condition of muscles: increase of the strength in the active insufficiency zone and increase of the elasticity in the passive insufficiency zone, consequently improving joint strength and mobility. After four weeks of electrovibrostimulation, applied twice a week, significant increases of isometric strength and explosive strength were observed, whereas the flexibility remained the same. Some hypotheses are discussed concerning the possible working mechanisms of electrovibrostimulation

About this article

Received
03 September 2007
Accepted
22 October 2007
Published
31 December 2007
Keywords
Sportsmen training
whole body vibration
electrovibrostimulation
musculoskeletal apparatus