The effects of prior antagonist muscle vibration on performance of rapid movements

Saša Radovanović, Slobodan Jarić, Sladjan Milanović, Ivana Vukčević, Miloš Ljubisavljević, Radmila Anastasijević

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The effects of prior vibration of the antagonist triceps muscle on the performance of rapid discrete elbow flexion movements were studied in healthy volunteers. The subjects performed 520 movements over five experimental sessions. The application of prior vibration resulted in a shift of the initial position, an undershoot of the final position in untrained subjects, and also in trained subjects if not applied during practice. On the contrary, no undershoot occurred in trained subjects when prior vibration was applied during practice. Improvement in movement performance, as judged by a decrease in variability of the final position, was less successful when vibration was applied during practice. It is supposed that the undershoots were due to prior vibration-induced alterations in proprioceptive messages and a consequent erroneous sense of the arm position. These effects seem to be overcome by practice, but also seem to interfere with learning-based movement improvement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-145
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Muscle vibration
  • Position sense
  • Practicc
  • Proprioception
  • Rapid movements

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience (miscellaneous)
  • Biophysics
  • Clinical Neurology


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