THERAPEUTIC PATELLAR TAPING TECHNIQUES EFFECT LOWER EXTREMITY RUNNING KINEMATICS IN INDIVIDUALS WITH PATELLOFEMORAL PAIN SYNDROME

Ariel Pelletier, Paolo Sanzo, Derek Kivi, Carlos Zerpa

Abstract


This study investigated the effects of patellar taping (McConnell's Medial Glide, MMG; Mechanical Correction with Tension in the Base, MCT; no tape, NT) on lower extremity kinematics in runners with and without patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS). Twenty healthy individuals and 12 with PFPS participated. Significant taping effects were found for hip flexion (p=.0001) and knee flexion angles (p=.0001) at initial contact and peak hip flexion angles during swing (p=.003). MMG produced more flexion than the MCT and NT. Peak knee flexion angles during stance (p=.036) and flight time (p=.010) revealed significant taping effects, with MMG resulting in more flexion and shorter flight times than NT. A significant taping effect was seen for peak knee flexion angle during swing (p=.010), with MCT resulting in less flexion than MMG and NT. The application of patellar taping may impact on running mechanics.

Keywords


Leukotape; Kinesio Tape; biomechanics; gait

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ISSN 1999-4168