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J Athl Train. 2015 Aug;50(8):785-91. doi: 10.4085/1062-6050-50.7.03. Epub 2015 Jun 19.

Kinesio Tape and Shoulder-Joint Position Sense.

Author information

1
Ms Aarseth is now with Black Hills Surgical Hospital, Rapid City, SD.
2
Western Washington University, Bellingham.

Abstract

CONTEXT:

Joint position sense (JPS) is a key neuromuscular factor for developing and maintaining control of muscles around a joint. It is important when performing specialized tasks, especially at the shoulder. No researchers have studied how Kinesio Tape (KT) application affects JPS.

OBJECTIVE:

To investigate the effects of KT application and no tape on shoulder JPS at increasing shoulder elevations in athletes.

DESIGN:

Cross-sectional study.

SETTING:

University laboratory.

PATIENTS OR OTHER PARTICIPANTS:

A total of 27 healthy athletes who did not participate in overhead sports (age = 20.44 ± 1.05 years, height = 175.02 ± 11.67 cm, mass = 70.74 ± 9.65 kg) with no previous pathologic shoulder conditions volunteered for the study. All participants were from 1 university.

INTERVENTION(S):

Shoulder JPS was assessed at increasing elevations with and without KT application. Participants attempted to actively replicate 3 target positions with and without the KT and without visual guidance.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S):

We examined absolute and variable repositioning errors at increasing shoulder-elevation levels with and without KT application.

RESULTS:

Data revealed an interaction between tape and position for absolute error (F2,52 = 4.07, P = .02); simple effects revealed an increase in error, with KT demonstrating a 2.65° increase in error at 90° of elevation compared with no tape (t26 = 2.65, P = .01). The effect size was medium (ω(2) = .135). Variable error showed no interaction of tape and position (F2,52 = .709, P = .50). Further analysis of simple effects was not needed. However, we still calculated the effect size and observed small effect sizes for tape (ω(2) = .002), position (ω(2) = .072), and tape by position (ω(2) = .027).

CONCLUSIONS:

At 90° of elevation, shoulder JPS was impaired by the application of KT.

KEYWORDS:

neuromuscular; proprioception; rehabilitation; shoulder; taping

PMID:
26090707
PMCID:
PMC4629933
DOI:
10.4085/1062-6050-50.7.03
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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