Bailey, D and Firth, P (2016) Does kinesiology taping of the ankles affect proprioceptive control in professional football (soccer) players? Physical Therapy in Sport, 25. pp. 94-98. ISSN 1873-1600

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Abstract

Abstract
Objective
To determine whether the bilateral application of kinesiology tape (KT) to professional footballers' ankles can improve their lower limb proprioception.

Design
A single blind randomised crossover study. Participants were randomly assigned to complete a proprioception test in either a taped or not taped condition first. Following a wash out period, participants were then re-tested in the alternate condition.

Setting
A UK Championship League Football Club, mid-season.

Participants
Twenty male professional football players over the age of 18, currently match fit with no injuries.

Outcome measure
Proprioception was assessed by participants undertaking the moving target program on the balance module attached to a Kin-Com 125AP isokinetic dynamometer. A paired sample two tailed t-test was used to assess whether there was a significant difference between the participants test scores in the not taped and taped conditions.

Results
The bilateral application of KT to professional footballers' ankles did not bring about a significant change in participants' scores when tested with a fine movement and balance control test. Percentage accuracy score mean difference 4.2 (p = 0.285).

Conclusion
The results of this study do not support the use of KT when applied to the ankles of healthy footballers as a method of improving proprioception.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the accepted author manuscript (AAM). The final published version (version of record) is available online via Elsevier at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ptsp.2016.09.001 Please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: kinesiology tape; proprioception; soccer; ankle
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Primary Care Health Sciences
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2016 14:58
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2018 08:47
URI: http://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/2265

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