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Effects of Vibration Stimulation as a Rehab Tool

5th May 2017

Abstract:

There has been an increasing prevalence of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. In the literature describing ACL rehabilitation program flexibility, muscle strength, proprioception, and postural stability have been identified as reoccurring struggles that have arisen during rehabilitation. Whole Body Vibration (WBV) has been investigate as a rehabilitation tool that can be used when recovering from an ACL injury. Research has suggested that WBV can be used to increase flexibility, improve muscular strength, increase proprioception, and improve postural stability. The purpose of this review is to gather the WBV protocols used in previous research and apply them to ACL rehabilitation. An EBSCO and Google Scholar search was initiated with key words of: whole, body, vibration, anterior, cruciate, ligament, injury, and rehabilitation. Articles were saved that explained how vibrations worked, use of WBV to advance athletic performance, injury rehabilitation, vibrations during ACL rehabilitation, and protocols for using vibration on athletes. The protocols that are described have shown to improve the rehabilitation programs and as a collection will act as a guide and provide a starting point for health-care professionals to use WBV as a rehabilitation tools for patients recovering from ACL injuries.

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