Vidi Daniele, Peresson Andrea, Moratti Ugo
Study design: Controlled Laboratory Study
Objectives: We examined myoelectrical and proprioceptive effects of elastic tape Background: many studies investigate features and efficacy of elastic tape on motor control and stability of tibio-tarsic joint.
Methods: this study involves 44 healthy subjects (13 males-31 females), aged between 19-37. Proprioception (analysis of centre of pressure) was calculated with a postural balance. We used surface electromyography on Tibialis Anterior and Peroneus Longus muscles to calculate muscular electrical activity. Subjects were evaluated in two conditions: with or without tape, with open or closed eyes. Statistic processing (means, standard deviation, Pearson’s r coefficient, t-test) was made with STATA 12.0 and MAT LAB software, considering 16 tests that every subject made.
Result: There is no substantial statistical significance about the efficacy of elastic tape in improving proprioception and myoelectrical activity. However, about 60% of subjects benefits from tape in term of reduction of postural oscillation both with closed eyes and open eyes.
Conclusion: we can suppose that elastic tape can support the activity of ankle muscles in order to keep the monopodalic standing posture and reduce the total range of the transfer of the centre of mass, also through a less myoelectrical activity of ankle muscles.
Tape, Postural Balance, Ankle, Electromyographies, Proprioception
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