Effects of Kinesiology Taping on Static and Dynamic Ankle Balance in Individuals Aged 18-22
Dr. Kirk Brumels
Ankle-taping techniques are the primary means for preventing injury in athletes. In recent years, kinesiology tape, (including but not limited to Kinesio™ tape, Cramer Sports Motion Tape, KT tape etc.) has grown in popularity, offering a variety of alleged therapeutic benefits unmatched by traditional white tape. These tapes, which are comprised of elastic material enabling it to be stretched to as much as 140% of its original length, provide similar therapeutic benefits which may include: assisting weakened muscles by correcting their action, improving circulation by lifting the skin from the fascia allowing the muscle to “pump” debris from the injured area, decreasing pain, relieving unwanted tension that is ever present in unstable joints (Hettle, Kase et al). It has also been suggested that the presence of this tape on the skin can elicit stimulation of mechanoreceptors, causing an increase in joint proprioception as a result (Murray and Husk). The purpose of this study was to determine the efficacy of KinesioTape based products, namely Cramer Sports Motion Tape, on static and dynamic balance of the ankle joint.
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