Immediate effect of Dynamic Tape®on external torsion tibial clinically painful in a football player.
A case report by De la Cruz Torres B, Albornoz Cabello M, Espejo Antúnez L.
Rev Andal Med Deporte. 2016; 9(1):50–53.
This study looked at kinematics and tensio-myography in a footballer with lower extremity pain believed to be influenced by the observed external tibial torsion.
Dynamic Taping was applied to address this resulting in a reduction in Thigh-Foot angle and a 55% reduction in pain, however this could have been a function of time. No reference is made to how long the pain had been present prior to the intervention.
Interestingly, thigh-foot angle reduced from 20º to 2.5º and the muscles involved with external rotation of the shank showed changes consistent with a reduction in stiffness and activity and those associated with external rotation of the femur (relative internal rotation of the tibia) showed an increase in strength/activity/stiffness.
From this study we cannot conclude that the changes in kinematics and muscle activity were directly responsible for the change in pain nor be definitive about the mechanism behind the observed kinematic changes but to say that the application of Dynamic Tape resulted in marked changes in movement and muscle function.