Whole-body Vibration As Good As Bat Swings

FULLERTON, Calif., Sept. 11 (UPI) — Whole-body vibration — a technique to produce neuromuscular activation via vibrations through the body — may help increase bat speed, U.S. researchers say.

For the whole body vibration warmup, women softball players stood on a special vibration platform in their normal batting stance for 30 seconds.

Researchers at California State University, Fullerton, say this short special vibration platform session has the same effect on bat speed as the standard “dry swings” warmup. That is, whole-body vibration achieved the same bat speed as dry swings — without the athlete taking a single swing.

“The results indicate that bat speed was not different after warmup using whole-body vibration alone, dry swings, or whole-body vibration with dry swings,” the study authors say in a statement.

The study, published in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, shows no significant difference in average bat speed after the three warmup conditions — about 42 mph after whole-body vibration, 40 mph after dry swings and 38 mph after whole-body vibration plus dry swings.

Nicole Dabbs and colleagues looked at two groups of trained female softball players — 11 collegiate and 11 recreational athletes — as they preformed three different warmsups in random order.

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