Acute Response of Sclerostin to Whole-body Vibration with Blood Flow Restriction

Kyle S. Gapper, Sally Stevens, Rona Antoni, Julie Hunt, Sarah J. Allison*

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Blood flow restriction may augment the skeletal response to whole-body vibration. This study used a randomised, crossover design to investigate the acute response of serum sclerostin and bone turnover biomarkers to whole-body vibration with blood flow restriction. Ten healthy males (mean ± standard deviation; age: 27 ± 8 years) completed two experimental conditions separated by 7 days: (i) whole-body vibration (10 1-minute bouts of whole-body vibration with 30 s recovery) or (ii) whole-body vibration with lower-body blood flow restriction (10 cycles of 110 mmHg inflation with 30 s deflation during recovery). Fasting blood samples were obtained immediately before and immediately after exercise, then 1 hour, and 24 hours after exercise. Serum samples were analysed for sclerostin, cross-linked C-terminal telopeptide of type I collagen, and bone-specific alkaline phosphatase. There was a significant time × condition interaction for bone-specific alkaline phosphatase (p = 0.003); bone-specific alkaline phosphatase values at 24 hours post-exercise were significantly higher following whole-body vibration compared to combined whole-body vibration and blood flow restriction (p = 0.028). No significant time × condition interaction occurred for any other outcome measure (p > 0.05). These findings suggest that a single session of whole-body vibration combined with blood flow restriction does not significantly affect serum sclerostin or bone turnover biomarkers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1174-1181
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Sports Medicine
Issue number13
Early online date11 May 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2021
Externally publishedYes

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