Objective: To examine the effect of kinesio tape on knee pain and jump performance in club volleyball players with patellar tendinopathy in the Cayman Islands.
Methods: A single group pretest posttest experimental study was conducted. Participants were required to perform three vertical jump tests, first with and then without kinesio tape: test sequence was randomized and counterbalanced. Data were analyzed using the paired t-test. Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS version 16 for windows) was used to conduct the analyses.
Results: Thirty-three (13 females, 20 males) subjects (mean age 26.9 ± 5 years) participated. Kinesio tape significantly decreased mean pain scores in jump performance from 24.7 ± 17.4 mm to 4.24 ± 6.5 mm on the 100 mm Visual Analogue Scale (p<0.001) and increased jump height from 44.5 ± 8.2 cm to 47.7 ± 7.8 cm (p<0.001).
Conclusion: The findings of this study support the clinical use of kinesio taping in decreasing pain and improving jump performance in volleyball players with patellar tendinopathy.
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