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Scapular taping alters kinematics in asymptomatic subjects.

Shaheen, AF, Villa, C, Lee, YN, Bull, AM and Alexander, CM (2012) Scapular taping alters kinematics in asymptomatic subjects. J Electromyogr Kinesiol.

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BACKGROUND: Scapular taping is frequently used in the management of shoulder pain and as a part of injury prevention strategies in sports. It is believed to alter scapular kinematics and restore normal motion. However, there is little evidence to support its use. The aim of the study was to investigate the effect of shoulder taping on the scapular kinematics of asymptomatic subjects. METHOD: Thirteen asymptomatic subjects performed elevations in the sagittal and scapular planes with no tape and after the application of tape. A motion tracking system and a scapula locator method were used to measure the shoulder movement. Co-ordinate frames were defined for the thorax, humerus and scapula and Euler angles were used to calculate joints rotations. RESULTS: Scapular taping increased the scapular external and upward rotations and posterior tilt in elevations in the sagittal plane (p<0.001). In the scapular plane, taping increased scapular external rotation (p<0.05). CONCLUSIONS: Taping affects scapulothoracic kinematics in asymptomatic subjects. The effect may be different for different planes of movement. The findings have implications on the use of taping as a preventive measure in high-risk groups. Further work is needed to assess the effect of taping on symptomatic populations.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Mechanical Engineering Sciences
Authors :
Shaheen, AF
Villa, C
Lee, YN
Bull, AM
Alexander, CM
Date : 20 December 2012
DOI : 10.1016/j.jelekin.2012.11.005
Additional Information : NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 23(2), April 2013, DOI 10.1016/j.jelekin.2012.11.005.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 08 Nov 2013 11:22
Last Modified : 02 Oct 2014 08:52

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