• Is Whole-Body Vibration Training Effective for Golfers?
    The use of whole-body vibration as a golf warm-up. From the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.
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  • GolferPrior to all activities, athletes should undergo some type of warm-up to prepare their bodies for activity. It is important to perform an adequate warm-up in order to decrease muscle and joint stiffness. The use of a general warm-up may also be used to enhance physical performance and possibly aid in the prevention of sport-related injuries. Warm-up techniques are primarily used to increase body temperature and are classified in three major categories:
    • Passive Warm-Up – increases temperature by some external means
    • General Warm-Up – increases temperature by non-specific body movements
    • Specific Warm-Up – increases temperature using similar body parts that will be used in the subsequent activity (more strenuous)
    In a research study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, investigators set out to determine if whole-body vibration (WBV) is a useful tool within a warm-up for recreational golfers. The researchers used sit and reach, ball speed, carry distance, and total distance to evaluate the effectiveness of the warm-up.

    The results of the study revealed that significant and profound benefits were seen after executing a warm-up on a WBV platform. There was an increase in flexibility and power output after the WBV warm-up.

    Thus, it can be recommended that if practitioners have access to a WBV platform that it can be used within a warm-up protocol. It is recommended that practitioners follow the protocol provided within the study as this protocol was used to enhance flexibility and power within recreational golfers.
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