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Exercise Physiology


International Journal of Exercise Science 14(1): 304-323, 2021. The effects of vibrating foam rolling the hamstrings on range of motion (ROM), hamstrings-to-quadriceps (H:Q) ratios, muscle activation, and peak torque (PT) of the quadriceps and hamstrings have yet to be extensively studied. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of a vibrating foam roller on the hamstrings. Fifteen resistance trained women (mean age ± SD = 22.9 ± 2.0 years, height = 162.7 ± 4.8 cm, body mass = 66.0 ± 9.7 kgs, BMI = 24.9 ± 3.3 kg·m2) participated in five separate testing sessions to examine pre- and post-testing PT, H:Q ratios, muscle activation of the quadriceps and hamstrings, and ROM of the hamstrings. Testing sessions consisted of a foam rolling, a vibrating foam rolling, a vibration-only, and a control condition. Hamstrings ROM increased for both limbs with the exception of the vibration condition for the untreated limb (p = 0.003). The untreated limb had a quadriceps PT increase from pre- to post-testing (p = 0.014). Concentric hamstrings PT for both limbs decreased pre- to post-testing for all conditions (p = 0.013). Eccentric hamstrings PT for both limbs decreased pre- to post-testing (p = 0.026). Conventional H:Q ratios decreased pre- to post-testing for both the treated and untreated limbs (p < 0.001). Functional H:Q ratios decreased for both limbs pre- to post-testing (p < 0.001). Although hamstrings ROM increased in both limbs, foam rolling, vibrating foam rolling, and vibration-only could possibly decrease performance measures of the ipsilateral and contralateral limbs.