EFFECT OF KNEE TAPING ON THE KNEE KINEMATICS DURING LEVEL WALKING

  • Yi-Wen Chang
  • Shih-Wei Chang
  • Hong-Wen Wu
  • Chao-Ping Chen
Keywords: knee taping, level walking, anterior cruciate ligament injury

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of knee taping on the knee kinematics during level walking. Fifteen healthy subjects participated in this study. Vicon Nexus motion analysis system was used. Reflective markers were placed on anatomical landmarks to compute the kinematics during level walking. Knee joint angle and range of motion were analyzed. Paired t test was used to compare the differences between no taping and knee taping. The results showed that the knee taping would increase the external rotation and decrease the internal rotation of the knee joint during level walking. Knee taping would decrease the adduction angle and the range of motion in the frontal plane during level walking compared to no taping. It is suggested that knee taping can be used for the people with ACL insufficiency to enhance the knee stability.
Published
2013-09-03
Section
Equipment / Instrumentation