Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Ankle Sprains in Basketball Kinesio Tape Vs Traditional rigid athletic tape in treating ankle sprians

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Researchers at Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey, are studying the "Effect of Athletic Taping and Kinesio Taping on Functional Performance in Chronic Inversion Ankle Sprain in Basketball Players." Professor Gul Baltaci, PT., Ph.D., CKTI is working with a team to document and measure the different results for players using Kinesio Tape and traditional rigid athletic tape in treating ankle sprains.

The researchers have worked with 20 male basketball players between 18 and 22 years of age, from whom 15 players met the requirements to participate. These participants were assessed with four different levels of taping: athletic tape, Kinesio Tape, a sham taping, and no tape at all.

So far the study indicates that athletic taping impaired participants' performance on some of the functional performance tests. Unlike the athletic taping method, Kinesio Taping did not cause any decrease on functional performance. Positive influences were seen in some of the functional performance tests. The Hacettepe researchers have noted that "Future researches which focus on functional performance should test taping methods with different performance tests."

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