Effects on postural stability through Kinesio Tex Tape application for the proprioceptive stimulation of the foot

Villa DM, Tunesi F

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The present study is designed to assess the efficacy of using Kinesio Tex Tape on dynamic postural stability in one-foot-standing.

The study was carried out on 36 subjects, 18 males and 18 females aged between 13 and 36, all of them agonists. Criteria for exclusion were; injuries during the three months before the test, preventing the correct perfomance of the sports specific training; previous functional limitations affectin the tibio-tarsal and knee joints; previous knowledge and use of Delos Postural System; previous use of KTT application on the foot or the tibio-tarsal joint. Patients were divided into two groups; teenagers from 13 to 16 years old, and oder teenagers and adults over 17. All the patients went through a brief training in one-foot standing (barefoot), to prepare for and become familiar with the machine and the test execution modalities. After that they took the 8 parts of the test (4 with left foot standing and 4 with right foot standing) on Delos electronic proprioceptive and postural board (DEB), using the  "follow-up evaluation" protocol. We assessed two parameters which we consider fundamental for postural stability control:
1)precationary strategy-the subjects ability, expressed in precentage, to maintain balance, without leaning on the infrared recording bar, placed before him/her,
2)the overall instability, calculated in degrees, resulting from the sum of the average oscillation of the DEB and the average oscillation of the body detected by a sensor for body oscillations (Delos Vertical Controller -DVC), placed on the sternum and calibrated to zero position on each subject at the beginning of the test.

We then assessed and compared the results of the two tests, before and after the application, to show whether the application itself had been able to guarantee a better performance of the limb being treated than that of the untreated limb. The application of KTT proved capable of offering improvements both on precautionary strategy and on the overall instability in subjects of the second age group, who had a higher proprioceptive "mauturity", whereas the same results were not confirmed in the younger group.



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