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

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OBJECTIVE: To examine the effect of kinesiology tape (KT) on shoulder strength, proprioception, and scapular kinematics in healthy and Subacromial Impingement Syndrome (SAIS) subjects. DESIGN: Placebo-controlled quasi-experimental study. SETTING: Research laboratory. PARTICIPANTS: 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. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: 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. RESULTS: No significant within group or between group differences were demonstrated for any measure. CONCLUSIONS: 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

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.ptsp.2016.06.006


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England