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Medicina dello Sport 2012 June;65(2):223-34


language: English, Italian

Effect of kinesiotaping on static and dinamic balance during soccer

Haksever B., Aktas G., Baltaci G.

Department of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Faculty of Health Sciences, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey


Aim. Soccer players need to have good posture on the unilateral leg and stability of foot to achieve different soccer techniques for inducing physical performance. Therefore, knee braces and taping techniques are widely used to reduce injury and increase balance in sports. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of kinesiotaping (KT) by enhancing muscle activation and stimuli to mechanoreceptors of ankle joint on balance of soccer players during competition.
Methods. The authors carried out a prospective, criterion-based controlled study in the soccer field. Thirty-two healthy and sedentary males aged 20-30 years were randomly separated into two groups that 15 subjects with KT was study group (Group1) and 17 with no application was control group (Group2). All of subjects were assessed with modified star excursion that meaning of Y balance test, flamingo balance test and one leg hops before starting the match (Test1) and after KT (Test2). The Student t-test was performed to determine if there were differences between bare, taped and both conditions. Participants filled in a questionnaire regarding demographic and lower extremity problems.
Results. There were no significant differences in the results of anterior part, posterolateral part and posteromedial part of Y balance test, one leg hop test (OLH) and flamingo balance test (FBT) between study and control groups before the soccer (P>0.05). There were no significant difference in the results of OLH test between Test1 and Test2 for both group1 and group2 (P>0.05). There was found a significant difference in FBT at the end of the soccer between Group1 and Group2 (P=0.02).
Conclusion. KT application was more effective in terms of balance and neuromuscular performance than bare.

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