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Kinesio Tape Effects on Ankle Proprioception

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : February 15, 2013
Last Update Posted : February 15, 2013
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Iris Miralles Rull, University Rovira i Virgili

Brief Summary:
The aim of the present study was to establish whether Kinesio Tape (KT) on the ankle (Kase protocol for the lateral ankle ligament) improves Joint Position Sense (JPS) in healthy volunteers immediately after its application and 48 hours later.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Sprains and Strains Device: Kinesio tape Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
The investigators assessed Joint Position Sense (JPS) through the difference of error (DoE) and the deviation of the target angle (DTA). JPS was assessed before the Kinesio Tape (KT) was placed, immediately after and 48 hours later.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 73 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Has Kinesio Tape Effects on Ankle Proprioception? A Randomized Clinical Trial
Study Start Date : October 2011
Actual Primary Completion Date : April 2012
Actual Study Completion Date : April 2012

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MedlinePlus related topics: Balance Problems

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: KT group
The KT group received ankle KT on the lateral ligament in the non-dominant leg and a recommendation guide. The Kinesio tape procedure was carried out by the same certified athletic therapist to ensure consistency throughout the study.
Device: Kinesio tape
The KT used was Kinesiology Tape® of 5 cm and it was applied according to Kase protocol (Kase K). The first layer of tape consisted of a single strip placed over the anterior talofibular ligament from insertion to origin, with a 50% tension, except the two-centimetre proximal and distal ends, applied with no tension. The same procedure was repeated for the calcaneofibular ligament and posterior talofibular ligament
Other Name: Kinesio-tape; Kinesiotape; KinesioTM tape

No Intervention: Control group
Any intervention has been applied. Using another kind of tape or a different KT application for control group may increase cutaneous information, undermining our goal.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Joint position sense on the Difference of Error from the target angle [ Time Frame: Change from baseline in proprioception at 48h ]
    The primary outcome, difference of error (DE) in degrees was calculated to show changes in error from the target angle over time. We compared error, before and immediately after intervention (DoE 1-2), before and 48 hours after intervention (DE 1-3) and immediately and 48 hours after intervention (DE 2-3).

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Deviation of the target angle [ Time Frame: Change from baseline in proprioception at 48h ]
    We also calculated the deviation from the target angle (DTA) in degrees, this secondary outcome to describe the direction of error when subjects tried to reproduce the requested position. Deviation was obtained encoding net error taking as correct position when the target and the estimated angle were equal, considering the precision of the electronic plate a valid range (0.4 degrees). Values above this range were classified as Overestimation and as Underestimation when values were below this range.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 35 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Must be signed the informed consent
  • Aged between 18 and 35 years
  • Did not suffered from ankle or foot skin diseases
  • Active dorsal/plantarflexion ARoM equal to or above 15º and inversion/eversion
  • ARoM equal to or above 5º.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Traumatic, neurological or circulatory diseases diagnosed
  • Joint laxity
  • More than three ankle sprains in their lives or one in the last 12 months that required treatment and ankle or foot pain at the time of study enrolment in the non-dominant lower limb.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01792908

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Faculty of Medicina i Ciències de la Salut; University Rovira i Virgili.
Reus, Tarragona, Spain, 43201
Sponsors and Collaborators
University Rovira i Virgili
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Principal Investigator: Iris Miralles University Rovira i Virgili

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Responsible Party: Iris Miralles Rull, Lecturer, University Rovira i Virgili Identifier: NCT01792908    
Other Study ID Numbers: T11230S
R02/2010 ( Other Grant/Funding Number: Col.legi de Fisioterapeutes de Catalunya )
First Posted: February 15, 2013    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 15, 2013
Last Verified: February 2013
Keywords provided by Iris Miralles Rull, University Rovira i Virgili:
ankle lateral ligament
athletic tape
position sense
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Sprains and Strains
Wounds and Injuries