Feasibility of a combined supervised and home-based whole-body vibration intervention in children after inpatient oncological treatment

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Purpose: Reduced physical performance due to therapy-related dysfunctions in children diagnosed with cancer contributes to insufficient physical activity levels. It is therefore essential that relevant functions are restored. Whole-body vibration (WBV) training, a neuromuscular stimulating exercise intervention, could have the potential to target those functions adequately. Therefore, the aim of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of a combined supervised and home-based WBV intervention with children after inpatient oncological treatment.

Methods: Eight children aged 6–21 years were included after cessation of their inpatient oncological treatment. They performed a 12-week WBV training including one supervised and two home-based sessions per week according to a standardized training protocol. Feasibility, adherence and compliance to the vibration protocol were documented. Subjective benefits and satisfaction were assessed using a questionnaire.

Results: Study participants attended 84.03 ± 13.09% of WBV sessions. No serious adverse events occurred. Some patients reported side effects partially resulting in modifications of the vibration protocol by therapists. Almost all children regarded the intervention as beneficial.

Conclusion: A combined supervised and home-based WBV intervention with children after inpatient oncological treatment is feasible and safe. The beneficial potential regarding relevant sensory and motor dysfunctions is now to be investigated.

Trial registration number and date of registration: DRKS00014713 15.05.2018
Original languageEnglish
JournalSport Sciences for Health
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)1025-1033
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 12.2021

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