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Yi-Fen Shih, Ya-Fang Lee and Wen-Yin Chen

, 20 – 25 no data are available to determine the effect of elastic taping on scapular proprioception. The purpose of this study was to investigate the immediate effects of kinesiology taping (KT) on scapular JPS, kinematics, and muscle activation in athletes with SIS. We hypothesized that application

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Ji-Hyun Lee and Tae-Lim Yoon

, including kinesiology tape (KT), balance training, and strength training. 10 – 12 Among these methods, KT was found to improve balance after 48-hour application, and balance improvement was retained after removing the tape for 72 hours in patients with CAI. 11 KT improves proprioceptive awareness by the

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Sean M. Burfeind and Nicole Chimera


Athletes participating in upper-extremity-dominant sports such as softball and volleyball are at increased risk for glenohumeral-joint pain and injury. For these athletes, an integral part of many injuryprevention and -rehabilitation programs includes improving joint proprioception. One way to measure joint proprioception is through the reproduction of joint angles, or joint-reposition sense (JRS). Kinesiology tape is purported to enhance neuromuscular feedback; therefore, it may influence JRS. However, conflicting findings and the lack of research in the upper extremity warrant further investigation.


To determine the effects of kinesiology tape on shoulder-joint proprioception by actively reproducing joint angles, or measurement of JRS.


Randomized controlled trial.


College laboratory.


9 men and 7 women 24 ± 3 y old.


SpiderTech kinesiology tape precut Shoulder Spider was applied to the shoulder of participants block randomized to the experimental group, following product-specific instructions, to measure its influence on JRS compared with a control group.

Main Outcome Measurement:

JRS-error scores in shoulder flexion, extension, internal rotation, and external rotation (ER).


There was a significant interaction between groups pre- to postintervention resulting in decreased JRS errors in flexion (P = .04) and ER (P = .03) in the experimental compared with the control group. The 95% confidence intervals suggest a clinically relevant difference in the variability of JRS errors between postintervention movements for the experimental group in flexion and ER, such that the control group demonstrated much more variability in JRS errors than the experimental group.


After the application of kinesiology tape the JRS errors were smaller in flexion and ER. This may be of clinical significance in improving proprioception and thus improving joint stability. Additional research should determine the effectiveness of kinesiology tape in reducing joint injury.

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Jason Cline, Abbey Thomas Fenwick, Tricia Turner, Susan Arthur and Erik A. Wikstrom

. 3rd ed . Tokyo, Japan : Kinesio ; 2013 . 25. Jackson K , Simon JE , Docherty CL . Extended use of kinesiology tape and balance in participants with chronic ankle instability . J Athl Train . 2016 ; 51 ( 1 ): 16 – 21 . PubMed ID: 26752273 doi:10.4085/1062-6050-51.2.03 26752273 10

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Kimmery Migel and Erik Wikstrom

ankle instability: a preliminary investigation . Arch Phys Med Rehabil . 2009 ; 90 ( 8 ): 1418 – 1422 . PubMed ID: 19651278 doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2009.01.024 19651278 11. Jackson K , Simon JE , Docherty CL . Extended use of kinesiology tape and balance in participants with chronic ankle

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Damla Gulpinar, Sibel Tekeli Ozer and Sevgi Sevi Yesilyaprak

; 29 ( 9 ): 1406 – 1411 . PubMed doi:10.1002/jor.21399 10.1002/jor.21399 21437968 14. Han JT , Lee JH , Yoon CH . The mechanical effect of kinesiology tape on rounded shoulder posture in seated male workers: a single-blinded randomized controlled pilot study . Physiother Theory Pract . 2015

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Sahar Boozari, Mohammad Ali Sanjari, Ali Amiri and Ismail Ebrahimi Takamjani

-blinded clinical trial on healthy subjects . J Back Musculoskelet Rehabil . 2014 ; 27 ( 2 ): 203 – 212 . doi:10.3233/BMR-130437 24284272 10.3233/BMR-130437 17. Han JT , Lee JH . Effects of kinesiology taping on repositioning error of the knee joint after quadriceps muscle fatigue . J Phys Ther Sci . 2014

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Selvin Balki and Hanım Eda Göktas¸

. Białoszewski D , Woźniak W , Zarek S . Clinical efficacy of kinesiology taping in reducing edema of the lower limbs in patients treated with the Ilizarov method-preliminary report . Ortop Traumatol Rehabil . 2009 ; 11 ( 1 ): 46 – 54 . 15. Laborie M , Klouche S , Herman S , Gerometta A

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Katie J. Lyman, Michael McCrone, Thomas A. Hanson, Christopher D. Mellinger and Kara Gange

the thigh compared to an athletic population. 1 The study could be replicated on other populations, including women and competitive athletes. Finally, we emphasize that the study was conducted using one particular brand of elastic kinesiology tape, and the results might not be transferable to tapes

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Anna Lina Rahlf, Klaus-Michael Braumann and Astrid Zech

. Yonsei Med J . 2003 ; 44 ( 6 ): 1045 – 1052 . PubMed ID: 14703615 doi:10.3349/ymj.2003.44.6.1045 14703615 10.3349/ymj.2003.44.6.1045 19. Białoszewski D , Woźniak W , Zarek S . Clinical efficacy of kinesiology taping in reducing edema of the lower limbs in patients treated with the ilizarov