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Potential Application of Whole Body Vibration Exercise for Improving the Clinical Conditions of COVID-19 Infected Individuals: A Narrative Review from the World Association of Vibration Exercise Experts (WAVex) Panel

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Departamento de Educación Física y Deporte, Universidad de Sevilla, 41013 Seville, Spain
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Escola Superior de Saúde, Universidade Fernando Pessoa, 4200-253 Porto, Portugal
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Institute for Pulmonary Rehabilitation Research, Schoen Klinik Berchtesgadener Land, 83471 Schoenau am Koenigssee, Germany
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Department of Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Philipps–University of Marburg, German Center for Lung Research (DZL), 35037 Marburg, Germany
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Institute of Aerospace Medicine, German Aerospace Center (DLR), 51147 Cologne, Germany
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Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, University of Cologne, D50931 Cologne, Germany
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Head of Research & Development Department, Novotec Medical GmbH & Galileo Training, 75172 Pforzheim, Germany
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Université de Reims Champagne Ardenne, 51100 Grand Est, France
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Molecular Neurobiology, Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences (GELIFES), University of Groningen, 9747 AG Groningen, The Netherlands
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Department of Human Movement Sciences, University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen, 9713 AV Groningen, The Netherlands
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Faculdade de Ciências Biológicas e da Saúde, Universidade Federal dos Vales do Jequitinhonha e Mucuri (UFVJM), Diamantina 39100-000, MG, Brazil
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Istituto Auxologico Italiano, IRCCS, Experimental Laboratory for Auxo-endocrinological Research & Division of Metabolic Diseases, 20145 Milan, Italy
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Department of Health and Exercise Science, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK 73019, USA
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School of Sport, Exercise and Nutrition, Massey University, Private Bag 11 222, Palmerston North 4442, New Zealand
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Faculty of Health Sciences, Australian Catholic University, Fitzroy, VIC 3065, Australia
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Laboratório de Vibrações Mecânicas, Policlínica Piquet Carneiro, Instituto de Biología Roberto Alcantara Gomes, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro 20950-003, Brazil
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Faculdade Bezerra de Araújo, Rio de Janeiro 23052-180, Brazil
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(10), 3650; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17103650
Received: 13 April 2020 / Revised: 30 April 2020 / Accepted: 13 May 2020 / Published: 22 May 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Management and Promotion of Healthy Habits and Active Life)
COVID-19 is a highly infectious respiratory disease which leads to several clinical conditions related to the dysfunction of the respiratory system along with other physical and psychological complaints. Severely affected patients are referred to intensive care units (ICUs), limiting their possibilities for physical exercise. Whole body vibration (WBV) exercise is a non-invasive, physical therapy, that has been suggested as part of the procedures involved with pulmonary rehabilitation, even in ICU settings. Therefore, in the current review, the World Association of Vibration Exercise Experts (WAVEX) reviewed the potential of WBV exercise as a useful and safe intervention for the management of infected individuals with COVID-19 by mitigating the inactivity-related declines in physical condition and reducing the time in ICU. Recommendations regarding the reduction of fatigue and the risk of dyspnea, the improvement of the inflammatory and redox status favoring cellular homeostasis and the overall improvement in the quality of life are provided. Finally, practical applications for the use of this paradigm leading to a better prognosis in bed bound and ICU-bound subjects is proposed. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; coronavirus; whole body vibration exercise COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; coronavirus; whole body vibration exercise
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Sañudo, B.; Seixas, A.; Gloeckl, R.; Rittweger, J.; Rawer, R.; Taiar, R.; van der Zee, E.A.; van Heuvelen, M.J.; Lacerda, A.C.; Sartorio, A.; Bemben, M.; Cochrane, D.; Furness, T.; de Sá-Caputo, D.; Bernardo-Filho, M. Potential Application of Whole Body Vibration Exercise for Improving the Clinical Conditions of COVID-19 Infected Individuals: A Narrative Review from the World Association of Vibration Exercise Experts (WAVex) Panel. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 3650.

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