Effects of Whole-Body Vibration Training on Knee Muscle Strength After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: A Critically Appraised Topic

Sogut B., Ozsoy H., Baloglu R., HARPUT G.

JOURNAL OF SPORT REHABILITATION, vol.31, no.3, pp.356-361, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 31 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1123/jsr.2021-0210
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, EMBASE, MEDLINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.356-361
  • Keywords: rehabilitation, quadriceps, hamstrings, sports injury, EXERCISE, PERFORMANCE, ASYMMETRY, RETURN, SPORT
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Clinical Scenario: Knee muscle strength weakness after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction is the most commonly seen impairment. Whole-body vibration (WBV) training has been shown to improve muscle strength in both healthy and injured individuals. However, it is not clear yet if WBV training has a beneficial effect in knee muscle strength recovery after ACL reconstruction. Clinical Question: Is adding WBV training to conventional rehabilitation more effective than conventional rehabilitation at improving quadriceps and hamstring muscles strength in individuals who have undergone ACL reconstruction? Summary of Key Findings: After the literature was reviewed, 4 randomized controlled trials met the inclusion criteria and were included in this critically appraised topic. Clinical Bottom Line: There is moderate- to high-quality evidence to support that adding WBV to conventional rehabilitation programs can result in better improvement in knee muscle strength after ACL reconstruction. Strength of Recommendation: Findings from 4 randomized controlled trials indicate that there is level B evidence supporting that WBV is effective for knee muscle strength recovery in patients who had undergone ACL reconstruction.