Can Vibration Training Improve My Hops?


You can bet on it (assuming you’re not an NBA ref, of course). That’s the finding of a study published in the April 2010 issue of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Scientists in France had 18 competitive ballers perform four weeks of either conventional training or conventional training plus 20 minutes of lower-limb exercises three times a week on a vibration platform. At the end of the study, the players who’d gotten the vibe training had significantly stronger knee extensors and better squat jumps. The researchers concluded that such a regimen is a perfect addition to a preseason injury prevention/game improvement regimen. Even more amazing? They play basketball in France! Anything is possible! Except, perhaps, your dream of dunking on LeBron James.