Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports

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Edited By: Stephen Harridge

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ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 11/82 (Sport Sciences)

Online ISSN: 1600-0838

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Whole-body vibration training induces hypertrophy of the human patellar tendon

In recent years whole-body vibration (WBV) training has become a popular training method, albeit with some conflicting evidence of efficacy. In a study published this month in SJMSS by Rieder and colleagues, the effects of training (isometric squats) on a vibration platform on tendon size were investigated using ultrasonography. In this randomised and controlled study performed over 8 weeks, with participants training 3 times per week, a 6.3% increase in proximal and a 3.8% increase in mean patellar tendon cross-sectional area were observed. There no appreciable changes in tendon stiffness, Young’s modulus or in the angle-torque relationship. However, this study shows for the first time that WBV elicits tendon hypertrophy in humans which may have implications for injury prevention and approaches to the treatment of certain tendon disorders.

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The December issue marks 25 years of the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Sciences in Sports. It is also its final printed issue as from 2016 it will published monthly as an online only journal. Appropriately, this issue features two special supplements. The first is the proceedings of the Saltin Symposium: Exercise and Integrative Physiology which was held in Copenhagen earlier this year to celebrate the life and work of Professor Bengt Saltin, the first editor of SJMSS. The second is Bengt’s final review, co-written with Bente Pedersen on Exercise as Medicine. We hope that this issue serves as both a celebration of 25 years of SJMSS and a fitting tribute to Bengt Saltin’s outstanding contribution to exercise science and medicine.

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