The effects of two therapeutic patellofemoral taping techniques on strength, endurance, and pain responses

Javier A. Osorio, Giampietro L. Vairo, Gerard D. Rozea, Philip J. Bosha, Roberta L. Millard, Douglas F. Aukerman, Wayne J. Sebastianelli

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Objective: To compare the effects of taping techniques on clinical measures in patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) patients. Design: Crossover experimental design. Setting: Controlled laboratory. Participants: Twenty physically active PFPS patients. Main outcome measures: Isokinetic strength and endurance, and perceived pain. Results: Bilateral baseline differences existed for strength (involved=1.8±0.5Nm/kg; uninvolved=2.1±0.5Nm/kg; p=0.001) and endurance (involved=35.6±14.0J/kg; uninvolved=40.2±12.9J/kg; p=0.013). Strength (McConnell=2.1±0.6Nm/kg, 95% SCI=(1.1, 4.2); Spider®=2.1±0.5Nm/kg, 95% SCI=(0.9, 4.0)) and endurance (McConnell=42.9±13.8J/kg, 95% SCI=(2.9, 11.6); Spider®=42.5±11.0J/kg, 95% SCI=(2.6,-11.3)) increased when taped compared tobaseline. Pain decreased during strength (baseline=3.0±2.2cm; McConnell=1.9±1.7cm, 95%SCI=(-1.8,-0.4); Spider®=1.6±2.0cm, 95% SCI=(-2.0,-0.5)) and endurance (baseline=2.5±2.0cm; McConnell=1.5±1.8cm, 95% SCI=(-1.6,-0.4); Spider®=1.1±0.8cm, 95% SCI=(-1.7,-0.5)) measurements when taped. Differences between taping techniques were insignificant. Conclusions: Taping improved clinical measures in PFPS patients. No differences existed between Spider® and McConnell techniques.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)199-206
Number of pages8
JournalPhysical Therapy in Sport
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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