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Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)


Kinesiology and Sport Studies

Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Michael W. Ramsey

Committee Members

Duane A. Williams, G. Gregory Haff, Michael H. Stone


The purpose of this study was to identify a potentiation effect on 30 meter (m) fly sprint performance in collegiate sprinters and jumpers (M=21, W=5) following an acute bout of whole-body vibration. The WBV protocol consisted of one 30 second bout at 50 Hz, ~3 mm amplitude, and 60 seconds rest before a 30m fly sprint. Sprint times were measured using timing gates, and characteristics of strength and power were measured using a force plate. Analysis included measures of jump height, peak power, peak force, and rate of force development. Each subject participated in 3 separate trials using randomized treatment sessions over 3 months of preparation training. The control condition consisted of no vibration and WBV treatment 1 and 2 incorporated vibration. Statistics comparing the average sprint times showed no treatment effects. The results of this study indicate that WBV at 50 Hz and ~3 mm amplitude has no effect on sprint times.

Document Type

Thesis - restricted


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