The Effects of KT Tape on Lower Extremity Injury Risk Factors

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Yates, Hope
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The Department of Kinesiology seeks to provide an ample knowledge of physical activity and active living to students both within and outside of the program; by providing knowledge of the role of movement and physical activity throughout the lifespan, it seeks to improve the lives of all members of the community. Its options for students enrolled in the department include: Athletic Training; Community and Public Health; Exercise Sciences; Pre-Health Professions; and Physical Education Teacher Licensure. The Department of Physical Education was founded in 1974 from the merger of the Department of Physical Education for Men and the Department of Physical Education for Women. In 1981 its name changed to the Department of Physical Education and Leisure Studies. In 1993 its name changed to the Department of Health and Human Performance. In 2007 its name changed to the Department of Kinesiology. Dates of Existence: 1974-present. Historical Names: Department of Physical Education (1974-1981), Department of Physical Education and Leisure Studies (1981-1993), Department of Health and Human Performance (1993-2007). Related Units: College of Human Sciences (parent college), College of Education (parent college, 1974 - 2005), Department of Physical Education for Women (predecessor) Department of Physical Education for Men
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KT Tape is an elastic, therapeutic tape that was introduced as a way to alleviate pain by lifting the skin and decompressing the tissues affected by lymphatic fluid buildup. As the product has become more popular in both sport and clinical settings, additional claims have been introduced that the tape can provide structural support and heightened awareness of what one’s body is doing during movement. The purpose of this study is to quantify the effects of KT Tape during jump-land-jump maneuvers through the collection of motion and force data. Participants completed the jump-land-jump maneuvers for three conditions: 1) un-taped, 2) KT Taped with message of pain alleviation benefits, and 3) KT Taped with message of structural support and proprioception benefits. The jump-land-jump maneuver involved jumping from a 40 cm box a distance of one-third body height, landing on the dominant foot, and jumping left or right. Body movement was measured with an eight-camera motion analysis system and ground reaction forces were measured using force platforms. Through analysis of peak knee flexion angle, knee valgus angle, vertical ground reaction force, and posterior ground reaction force, we will be able to determine if KT Tape reduces the risk of lower extremity injury.