Authors

Krista Mau

Document Type

Poster

Publication Date

2018

Department

Athletic Training

Faculty Advisor

Nicole Chimera, PhD, ATC, CSCS

Abstract

The triceps surae (gastrocnemius and soleus) act as stabilizers and provide strength and endurance during physical activity. Plantar flexor performance can be decreased, due to factors such as overactivity of opposing muscles. This can possibly be overcome through use of kinesiology tape, which may help alter muscle activity. The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of kinesiology tape application on triceps surae activation and endurance during a fatiguing single-leg heel raise test (SLHR). This pre-test post-test control group study hypothesizes that the limb with kinesiology tape will have higher peak EMG amplitude and a greater number of SLHR repetitions than control. Females > 18 and free from lower extremity injury will perform SLHR prior to and after the intervention. An independent t-test will be used to compare differences from pre to post intervention in peak EMG amplitude and SHLR repetitions performed between the experimental and control group.

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