Document Type

Poster

Publication Date

2018

Department

Athletic Training

Faculty Advisor

Lynn Matthews, MS, ATC, PT, DPT, COMT, FAAOMPT

Abstract

Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is described as pain in the anterior knee, posterior to the patella, or along the patellar borders due to excessive lateral tracking. Since PFPS has been attributed to vastus medialis oblique (VMO), weakness kinesio tape (KT) can be applied to the skin, which could help correct excessive lateral tracking of the patella. The purpose of this randomized control study is to determine the effectiveness of Gripit K tape on isometric VMO strength during knee extension. The hypothesis is Gripit K tape will facilitate VMO activation, which will increase VMO strength during knee extension. Participants will be healthy recreationally active individuals over the age of 18 that participates in moderate physical activity for thirty minutes two to three times a week. An independent T-test will be used to compare the difference in VMO strength between the experimental and control limb.

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