Kinesiology taping does not alter shoulder strength, shoulder proprioception, or scapular kinematics in healthy, physically active subjects and subjects with Subacromial Impingement Syndrome.

Journal Article

To examine the effect of kinesiology tape (KT) on shoulder strength, proprioception, and scapular kinematics in healthy and Subacromial Impingement Syndrome (SAIS) subjects.Placebo-controlled quasi-experimental study.Research laboratory.A total of 30 physically active subjects participated. Ten healthy subjects with no previous history of shoulder pathology received KT on the dominant shoulder. Twenty subjects with shoulder pain for a minimum of two weeks and presenting with clinical signs of impingement were allotted to receive KT (n = 10) or placebo taping (PT, n = 10) on the involved shoulder.All participants were tested pre- and post-application. Shoulder internal/external rotation (IR/ER) strength was assessed with isokinetic dynamometry (average peak torque/body weight). Shoulder IR/ER proprioception was assessed through threshold to detect passive motion (mean absolute error in degrees). Scapular position at 90° and 120° of shoulder abduction during arm raising/lowering were assessed using a 3D motion analysis system.No significant within group or between group differences were demonstrated for any measure.Taping does not appear to aid/impair shoulder strength, shoulder proprioception, or scapular kinematics. Future research should explore if the effects of KT are time-dependent and similar in other pathologies.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Keenan, KA; Akins, JS; Varnell, M; Abt, J; Lovalekar, M; Lephart, S; Sell, TC

Published Date

  • March 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 24 /

Start / End Page

  • 60 - 66

PubMed ID

  • 27665392

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1873-1600

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1466-853X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.ptsp.2016.06.006


  • eng