Date of Award

2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Comments

Submitted to the College of Graduate Studies of Bridgewater State University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Athletic Training, 2015.

Degree Program

Athletic Training

Degree Type

Master of Science

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of KinesioTex Tape on knee conditions in collegiate athletes. Specifically, the study examined the effects of KinesioTex Tape on pain and effusion in patients with patella related knee conditions at Bridgewater State University. The Visual Analog Scale (VAS) was used to measure pain and a measuring tape was used to measure the circumference of the knee. It was hypothesized that KinesioTex tape would decrease the amount of pain and effusion in patella related knee conditions in collegiate athletes. A total of 3 participants were recruited to take part in the research. Recruitment was done through the athletic trainers at Bridgewater State University and through e-mail. Athletes had pre measurements taken after which KinesioTex Tape was applied. Measurements were then taken immediately post application and then again at 36 hours. Data collected showed a decrease in absolute pain scores with all participants, with the greatest decrease being in relative change ranging from 54% to 100%. Girth measurements decreased in all participants at 36 hours but were the same or increased immediately post application. The findings indicated that KinesioTex Tape may assist in decreasing pain and effusion in patella related knee conditions. Future research should aim to further quantify the effects of KinesioTex Tape on all injuries and conditions.

Committee/Advisor(s)

Pamela Russell (chair)

Kimberly Wise

Robert Colandreo

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