THE EFFECTS OF KNEE TAPING TECHNIQUES ON LOWER EXTREMITY KINEMATICS DURING RUNNING

Ariel Pelletier, Paolo Sanzo, Derek Kivi

Abstract


The purpose of this pilot study was to investigate the effects of gender, speed, and tape on 2D lower extremity kinematics and stride characteristics during running. Eight healthy runners participated. Taping interventions (Leukotape, Kinesio Tape, no tape) and speeds (2.35 m/s, 3.35 m/s) were randomized and lower extremity stride kinematics were obtained using the Peak Motus System. Comparisons were made using descriptive statistics. Females exhibited greater hip and knee flexion, while males had greater ankle dorsiflexion and plantarflexion. Females spent more time in support while males spent more time in the air. Faster speed was associated with greater hip flexion and extension, peak knee flexion, and less time during contact. As a result, gender and speed seem to have effects on lower extremity stride kinematics, whereas type of tape does not.

Keywords


leukotape; kinesio tape; biomechanics; gender; speed

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ISSN 1999-4168