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

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Giuseppe Marcolin
Alessandro Buriani *
Andrea Giacomelli
David Blow
Davide Grigoletto
Marco Gesi
(*) Corresponding Author:
Alessandro Buriani |


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.

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Alessandro Buriani, Motion capture laboratory, Maria Paola Belloni Center for Personalized Medicine, Gruppo Data Medica Padova spa, Padova

R&D coordinator/scientific Director of Maria Paola Belloni Center for Personalized Medicine, Gruppo Data Medica, Padova, Italy