Dynamic taping and high frontal plane knee projection angle in female volleyball athletes
Bittencourt N, Leite M, Zuin A, et al
Br J Sports Med 2017; 51:297-298
This study which was presented at the International Olympic Committee Injury Prevention Conference evaluated the effect of a hip extension, abduction and external rotation Dynamic Taping technique on high frontal plane knee projection angle in elite female volleyballers during a single leg squat.
Results showed that 10 of 18 athletes had high FPKPA (>8o) and the T-test revealed statistical difference pre and post DT (p<0,0001). Pre DT Mean of FPKPA was 10.5ºand Post DT mean was 5.4º.
While larger studies including a group who are taped in the lengthened position will reveal more about the mechanisms involved (and have been conducted elsewhere showing the effect only occurs when taped in the shortened position), this study provides preliminary support for use of Dynamic Tape to address high frontal plane knee projection angle when indicated. This may have relevance in some athletes or patients post ACL injury, patella tendinopathy, PFPS, greater trochanteric pain syndrome or pelvic girdle pain subjects with poor force transfer capacity through the SIJ for example.
An example of this technique is shown adjacent.