The Use of Therapeutic Taping in Individuals with Patellar Tendinopathy
By International Journal of Prevention and Treatment | 01 April 2017
Sample Size:10


Patellar tendinopathy is a common injury found among active populations. Typically, tendon pain is the most prevalent symptom associated with patellar tendinopathy and can range from mild to severe. This can be detrimental considering that the presence of these symptoms can also negatively affect range of motion (ROM), power, balance, and strength. Currently, there is much discrepancy regarding the effectiveness of conservative treatments like therapeutic taping using Kinesio tape (KT) or Leukotape (LT). Consequently, it is unknown which type of tape is beneficial for decreasing the common symptoms of this overuse injury when compared to no tape (NT) or placebo tape (PT). Therefore, the purpose of this pilot study was to examine the effects of therapeutic taping on pain, ROM, power, balance, and strength in physically active individuals with patellar tendinopathy and whether this testing protocol was feasible and able to detect changes in the variables described.


Ten participants with patellar tendinopathy were recruited (M = 25 years; SD = 8.0) and attended four testing sessions. The baseline testing session involved NT and the subsequent taping sessions were randomized for the PT, LT, and KT conditions for each participant. The participant's pain level was first measured and the testing sequence then examined ROM and strength of the knee, and power and balance measures. Pain levels were also measured again after the participant performed the balance task. To analyze the differences in perception of pain across the different tapes and times of administration, a 4 x 2 (Tape [KT, LT, NT, PT] x Time [Pre, Post]) repeated measures factorial ANOVA was conducted. To examine the potential effects of different taping conditions on ROM, power, balance, and strength, a one-way ANOVA, with taping condition as a repeated measures factor was used.


A significant effect was found between the taping conditions in the anteromedial (F(3,27)=2.96, p<.05, ?2=.25), lateral (F(3,27)=7.2, p<.05, ?2=.44), and posterolateral (F(3,27)=3.8, p<.05, ?2=.30) directions for balance testing. In regards to knee flexor strength, a main effect for therapeutic tape was found (F(3, 27)=5.04, p<.05, ?2=.32). There was a significant difference in knee flexor strength when comparing the KT and LT (t(9)=3.01, p<.05), KT and NT (t(9)=2.84, p<.05), and KT and PT conditions (t(9)=4.05, p<.05). There was no significant effect on pain, ROM, and power otherwise.


Certain aspects of motor functioning, such as knee flexor strength and balance (anteromedial, lateral, and posterolateral directions), improved with the application of KT. This was not the case with other tape as the effect of the tape appeared to be limited to certain contexts.

For full text Click Here

Physical Therapy Intervention in the ...
Acute effects of Kinesio taping on muscle ...
KTA Login