European Journal of Applied Physiology

, Volume 111, Issue 9, pp 2271–2279 | Cite as

Effectiveness of low-frequency vibration recovery method on blood lactate removal, muscle contractile properties and on time to exhaustion during cycling at VO2max power output

  • Luis CarrascoEmail author
  • Borja Sañudo
  • Moisés de Hoyo
  • Francisco Pradas
  • Marzo E. Da Silva
Original Article


The aim of the study was to determine the effectiveness of low-frequency vibration recovery (LFV-rec) on blood lactate removal, muscle contractile properties, and on time to exhaustion during cycling at maximal oxygen uptake power output (pVO2max). Twelve active males carried out three experimental sessions. In session 1, participant’s maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max) and pVO2max were determined, and in sessions 2 and 3, the participants performed a fatiguing exercise (2 min of cycling at pVO2max) and then a 15 min recovery period using one of two different methods: LFV-rec which consisted on sitting with feet on the vibratory platform (20 Hz; 4 mm) and passive recovery (P-rec), sitting without vibration stimulus. After that, participants performed an all-out exercise test on cycle ergometer at pVO2max. In the recovery period, variables such as heart rate (HR), blood lactate concentration [Lac], and tensiomyographic parameters (D m: maximal radial displacement; T s: time of contraction maintenance, and T r: relaxation time) were measured. In an all-out exercise test, mean time to exhaustion (TTE), total distance covered (TD), mean cycling velocity (V m), and maximal HR (HRmax) were also assessed. The results showed no effect of recovery strategy on any of the assessed variables; nevertheless, higher values, although not significant, were observed in TTE, TD, and V m after LFV-rec intervention. In conclusion, LFV-rec strategy applied during 15 min after short and intense exercise does not seem to be effective on blood lactate removal, muscle contractile properties, and on time to exhaustion during cycling at pVO2max.


Recovery Low-frequency vibration TMG Lactate clearance All-out exercise performance 


Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luis Carrasco
    • 1
    Email author
  • Borja Sañudo
    • 1
  • Moisés de Hoyo
    • 1
  • Francisco Pradas
    • 2
  • Marzo E. Da Silva
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Physical Education and SportUniversity of SevilleSevilleSpain
  2. 2.Faculty of Health and Sport SciencesUniversity of ZaragozaZaragozaSpain
  3. 3.Andalusian Sport Medical CenterCórdobaSpain

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