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The Official Journal of the Korean Academy of Kinesiology 2014;16(4):93-99.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.15758/jkak.2014.16.4.93    Published online October 31, 2014.
Effects of Kinesio Taping for One Week on Proprioception of the Ankle
Hoon Kim, Hyun-Joo Kang
Soonchunhyang University
Correspondence:  Hyun-Joo Kang,
Email: kanghyunjoo@sch.ac.kr
Received: 14 August 2014   • Accepted: 25 October 2014
This report describes the effects of Kinesio taping on prorioception such as the joint position sense and dynamic posture control of the ankle.
A subject was a 27-year-old healthy man who applied Kinesio taping over tibialis anterior, peroneus longus, anterior ankle talocrural joint and both malleolus for one week. The subject was assessed using joint position sense test by isokinetic equipment. To indentify dynamic posture control and dynamic balance of the ankle was measured by Y-balance test. To increase reliability of Kinesio taping application, marking of skin and the same length of kinesio tape were held stable during the trial.
Joint position sense after one week intervention was improved in dorsi flexion-plantar flexion and eversion-inversion position. Dynamic posture control and stability was also increased in error score and composite score. After stopping the application of Kinesio taping, we found a tendency towards a decrease in the joint position sense and dynamic posture control in subject after one week period. The application of Kinesio taping for one week was enhanced proprioception in healthy individuals.
Propriception is believed to play a role in the prevention of ankle injury, and thus the efficacy of Kinesio taping in improving proprioception is of interest. We suggest that future research should focus on the efficacy of Kinesio taping in the clinical field as well as elderly population.
Keywords: Kinesio taping, proprioception, Y-balance test


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