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The Effect of External Stimulus Produced by Vibration Stimulus Instrument on Body Sway

1Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Osaka Prefecture University, Osaka, Japan

2College of Human and Social Sciences, Kanazawa University, Kanazawa, Japan

3Faculty of Science, Tokyo University of Science, Tokyo, Japan


American Journal of Sports Science and Medicine. 2017, Vol. 5 No. 2, 38-43
DOI: 10.12691/ajssm-5-2-4
Copyright © 2017 Science and Education Publishing

Cite this paper:
Hiroshi Hirai, Shinichi Demura, Tamotsu Kitabayashi, Yoshimasa Matsuura. The Effect of External Stimulus Produced by Vibration Stimulus Instrument on Body Sway. American Journal of Sports Science and Medicine. 2017; 5(2):38-43. doi: 10.12691/ajssm-5-2-4.

Correspondence to: Hiroshi  Hirai, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Osaka Prefecture University, Osaka, Japan. Email: thh27155@osakafu-u.ac.jp

Abstract

This study aimed to examine the effect of right-left or front-back vibration stimulus during standing on body sway. Subjects were 10 healthy young male adults. They had no evidence or known history of a gait, posture or skeletal disorder. After a weak vibratory stimulus (20 Hz) for 1 min, subjects stood under the strong stimulus (70 Hz) of front-back or right-left vibratory for 1 min. The subjects were measured body sway for 1 min before and after the above vibratory stimulus. Four body-sway factors (unit time sway, front-back sway, left-right sway, and the high frequency band power) were used as evaluation parameters. A significant decrease was found only in a unit time sway factor after vibratory stimulus. A significant difference between front-back and right-left vibratory stimuli was found only in a left-right sway factor and the latter stimulus produced a large change. In conclusion, even in the vibratory stimulus with the same intensity, body sway decreases after front-back stimulus, but increases after right-left stimulus. In short, the effect of vibratory stimulus on posture control system may differ by the vibratory direction.

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