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The feasibility of Whole Body Vibration in institutionalised elderly persons and its influence on muscle performance, balance and mobility: a randomised controlled trial
DOI 10.1186/ISRCTN62535013
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Public title The feasibility of Whole Body Vibration in institutionalised elderly persons and its influence on muscle performance, balance and mobility: a randomised controlled trial
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Study hypothesis Whole Body Vibration is feasible in institutionalised elderly persons and improves the mobility and muscle performance compared to control.
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Ethics approval Not provided at time of registration
Study design Randomised controlled trial
Countries of recruitment Belgium
Disease/condition/study domain Institutionalised elderly persons
Participants - inclusion criteria All residents of a nursing home (Van Zanden, Brussels, Belgium; capacity of 102 beds) within dependence categories O, A and B according to the scale of Katz et al. (1963) for basic activities of daily living.
Participants - exclusion criteria Mainly based on contra-indications for Whole Body Vibration: presence of infectious disease, insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, endogenous osteosynthethical material, knee or hip prosthesis, pacemaker, epilepsy, musculo-skeletal disorders and cognitive or physical dysfunction interfering with test and training procedures.
Anticipated start date 01/12/2003
Anticipated end date 15/12/2003
Status of trial Completed
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Target number of participants 24
Interventions Intervention: A 6-week exercise program on a vertical vibration platform (Power-Plate, Badhoevedorp, The Netherlands), three times per week (with a minimum of 1-day rest in between) and consisting in 6 static exercises targeting lower limb muscles. The exercise volume and intensity being progressively increased according to the overload-principle.

Control: Exactly the same exercise program on the vibration platform as the intervention group, but without vertical vibration (the sound of the motor of the vibration platform being reproduced by a tape recorder during each bout of exercise).
Primary outcome measure(s) Feasibility: taking into account continuation of the exercise program and/or occurence of complications related to the Whole Body Vibration exercises.

Improvement due to the intervention: taking into account balance and gait (using the timed up-and-go test and Tinetti-test), upper limb and lower body flexibility (using the back scratch and chair sit-and-reach test), maximal grip strength (using a Martin vigorimeter device, Elmed, Addison, USA), closed chain bilateral leg extension (using a linear isokinetic multi-joint dynamometer, Aristokin®, Lode, Groningen, The Netherlands).
Secondary outcome measure(s) No secondary outcome measures
Sources of funding Free University of Brussels (VUB) - Gerontology
Trial website
Publications Results: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16372905
Contact name Prof  Tony  Mets
  Address Geriatric & Gerontology Department
Academic Hospital of the Free University of Brussels (AZ-VUB)
Laarbeeklaan 101
  City/town Brussels
  Zip/Postcode B-1090
  Country Belgium
Sponsor Free University of Brussels (VUB) - Gerontology (Belgium)
  Address Laarbeeklaan 103
  City/town Brussels
  Zip/Postcode B-1090
  Country Belgium
Date applied 30/06/2005
Last edited 15/04/2008
Date ISRCTN assigned 06/07/2005
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