Date

2019 12:00 AM

Major

Kinesiology

Department

Kinesiology

College

Human Sciences

Project Advisor

Jason Gillette

Description

KT Tape is an elastic, therapeutic tape that was introduced as a way to alleviate pain by lifting the skin and decompressing the tissues affected by lymphatic fluid buildup. As the product has become more popular in both sport and clinical settings, additional claims have been introduced that the tape can provide structural support and heightened awareness of what one’s body is doing during movement. The purpose of this study is to quantify the effects of KT Tape during jump-land-jump maneuvers through the collection of motion and force data. Participants completed the jump-land-jump maneuvers for three conditions: 1) un-taped, 2) KT Taped with message of pain alleviation benefits, and 3) KT Taped with message of structural support and proprioception benefits. The jump-land-jump maneuver involved jumping from a 40 cm box a distance of one-third body height, landing on the dominant foot, and jumping left or right. Body movement was measured with an eight-camera motion analysis system and ground reaction forces were measured using force platforms. Through analysis of peak knee flexion angle, knee valgus angle, vertical ground reaction force, and posterior ground reaction force, we will be able to determine if KT Tape reduces the risk of lower extremity injury.

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Jan 1st, 12:00 AM

The Effects of KT Tape on Lower Extremity Injury Risk Factors

KT Tape is an elastic, therapeutic tape that was introduced as a way to alleviate pain by lifting the skin and decompressing the tissues affected by lymphatic fluid buildup. As the product has become more popular in both sport and clinical settings, additional claims have been introduced that the tape can provide structural support and heightened awareness of what one’s body is doing during movement. The purpose of this study is to quantify the effects of KT Tape during jump-land-jump maneuvers through the collection of motion and force data. Participants completed the jump-land-jump maneuvers for three conditions: 1) un-taped, 2) KT Taped with message of pain alleviation benefits, and 3) KT Taped with message of structural support and proprioception benefits. The jump-land-jump maneuver involved jumping from a 40 cm box a distance of one-third body height, landing on the dominant foot, and jumping left or right. Body movement was measured with an eight-camera motion analysis system and ground reaction forces were measured using force platforms. Through analysis of peak knee flexion angle, knee valgus angle, vertical ground reaction force, and posterior ground reaction force, we will be able to determine if KT Tape reduces the risk of lower extremity injury.