Modulation in Pain and EMG Activities with Rigid- and Kinesio-Taping in Athletes with Jumper's Knee
By Department of Rehabilitation Sciences | 20 January 2017
Sample Size:13


To investigate whether taping could modulate intensity of pain and electromyography activities of vasti muscles in the athletes with jumper's knee.

Subjects and Methods

Thirteen subjects with jumper's knee participated (mean age 24.3±5.8 years). All subjects performed single-leg decline squat and counter-movement jump under 3 taping conditions (rigid, Kinesio and placebo tapes). Changes in visual analogue pain score, knee joint angles during the 2 tested movements, and the electromyography amplitudes of vasti muscles prior to landing from the counter-movement jump were measured.


Analyses of variance revealed that only rigid taping had resulted in significant pain reduction during decline squat (by 22%, p=0.05), while both rigid and Kinesio taping could reduce pain associated with landing from counter-movement jump (by 65-72%, all p< 0.05) when compared with un-tapped condition. All 3 taping conditions increased the maximum knee flexion during the 2 tested movements (all p< 0.05). Application of the tapes, however, did not alter the amplitude of the muscle activities of the vastis muscles in preparation for landing (p >0.05).


Rigid tape reduced pain during decline squat, while both rigid and Kinesio taping reduced pain on landing from counter-movement jumps in athletes with jumper's knee. The application of tape increased knee flexion during decline squat and on landing from countermovement jump, but were not associated with changes in electromyography amplitude of the vasti muscles.

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