The Effect of Scapular Taping on Shoulder Joint Repositioning

in Journal of Sport Rehabilitation

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Page Wornom Zanella
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Sonia L Seibel
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Context:

There is a lack of research on the effects of scapular tape on shoulder joint repositioning.

Objective:

To quantify the effects of scapular taping on shoulder joint repositioning during flexion and abduction.

Design:

Repeated measures before and after trial.

Setting:

Academic institution.

Participants:

36 subjects without shoulder pathology.

Intervention:

Scapular taping with flexion and abduction.

Main Outcome Measures:

Lateral scapular slide test, plumb-line assessment, and a depth measurement. Absolute error in joint repositioning in flexion and abduction at 3 angles with and without scapular taping was measured.

Results:

No differences were found for tape vs no tape in flexion (P = .92) or abduction (P = .40) or between winging and nonwinging subjects in flexion (P = .62) or abduction (P = .91).

Conclusions:

Scapular taping has no effect on joint repositioning during active shoulder flexion or abduction. Scapular winging does not affect active joint repositioning after scapular taping.

Wornom Zanella is with Campbell Clinic, Memphis, TN 38104. Willey is with Andersen and Baim Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Modesto CA 95355. Seibel is with Work Conditioning Systems, Palos Heights, IL 60463. Hughes is with the School of Physical Therapy at Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA 16057.

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