Changes in balance, functional performance and fall risk following whole body vibration and vitamin D supplementation in institutionalized elderly women. A 6 month randomized controlled trial

Gait & Posture. 2011

The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of Power Plate® training and vitamin D supplementation in elderly women. 113 older women participated in this study. The following significant differences were found in the Power Plate group compared with the control group: Decrease in sway velocity, increase in 10m walking speed and maximum walking speed, a decrease in time to perform the timed up and go test (TUG), an improvement in shuttle walk test, and an increase in knee extension strength.

Conclusion: Power Plate training combined with vitamin D supplementation provides an additional benefits with regard to walking, TUG performance, and endurance capacity.