To evaluate the effect of a 12-week whole-body vibration (WBV) training program on quadriceps muscle strength, quadriceps thickness, the 6-min walk test (6MWT), respiratory muscle strength and quality of life in adults with a kidney transplant.
Five renal transplant recipients (age: 43-52 years; body mass: 67.1 kg; height: 1.60 m) were examined individually before and after a 12-week WBV program (two weekly sessions, 35 Hz frequency, 2-4 mm amplitude) using quadriceps strength, quadriceps thickness, 6-min walking test, inspiratory muscle strength and quality of life.
There were no complications during WBV protocol, and the program was considered safe. Two of the participants changed quadriceps muscle strength, and one increased muscle thickness. Inspiratory muscle strength improved in one participant. The distance covered on 6MWT increased for two participants. Most of the subjects (P3, P4 and P5) reported improved quality of life, mainly regarding pain and social aspects.
The protocol improved the physical function and quality of life in some of the patients. However, WBV training prescription should be adjusted according to individual needs. Thus, studying the use of WBV in this patient group is necessary to understand and apply the benefits for this population.

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