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Neuromuscular taping application in counter movement jump: biomechanical insight in a group of healthy basketball players

Giuseppe Marcolin, Alessandro Buriani, Andrea Giacomelli, David Blow, Davide Grigoletto, Marco Gesi
  • Giuseppe Marcolin
    Motion capture laboratory, Maria Paola Belloni Center for Personalized Medicine, Gruppo Data Medica Padova spa, Padova; Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Padova, Italy
  • Andrea Giacomelli
    Motion capture laboratory, Maria Paola Belloni Center for Personalized Medicine, Gruppo Data Medica Padova spa, Padova, Italy
  • David Blow
    Neuro Muscular Taping Institute, Rome, Italy
  • Davide Grigoletto
    Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Padova, Italy
  • Marco Gesi
    Department of translational research and new technologies in medicine and surgery, University of Pisa, Italy

Abstract

Kinesiologic elastic tape is widely used for both clinical and sport applications although its efficacy in enhancing agonistic performance is still controversial. Aim of the study was to verify in a group of healthy basketball players whether a neuromuscular taping application (NMT) on ankle and knee joints could affect the kinematic and the kinetic parameters of the jump, either by enhancing or inhibiting the functional performance. Fourteen healthy male basketball players without any ongoing pathologies at upper limbs, lower limbs and trunk volunteered in the study. They randomly performed 2 sets of 5 counter movement jumps (CMJ) with and without application of Kinesiologic tape. The best 3 jumps of each set were considered for the analysis. The Kinematics parameters analyzed were: knees maximal flexion and ankles maximal dorsiflexion during the push off phase, jump height and take off velocity. Vertical ground reaction force and maximal power expressed in the push off phase of the jump were also investigated. The NMT application in both knees and ankles showed no statistically significant differences in the kinematic and kinetic parameters and did not interfere with the CMJ performance. Bilateral NMT application in the group of healthy male basketball players did not change kinematics and kinetics jump parameters, thus suggesting that its routine use should have no negative effect on functional performance. Similarly, the combined application of the tape on both knees and ankles did not affect in either way jump performance.

Keywords

Neuro muscular taping; Vertical jump; Biomechanics; Performance

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Submitted: 2017-02-22 11:29:06
Published: 2017-06-27 11:57:08
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