Date of Award

Spring 2018

Document Type

Poster Session

Department

Exercise, Health, and Sport Sciences

Advisor

Travis Parent, MS, ATC, CSCS

Keywords

kinesiology tape, KT tape, venous flow, controversy, sports therapy, University of Southern Maine, Thinking Matters Symposium

Abstract

Kinesiology tape has become extremely popular among athletes of all ages. It’s bright colors and the unique patterns created by the tape have gained an astonishing amount of attention. KT tape is a highly elastic tape that is advertised to increase muscle proprioception, reduce pain, and increase the space between fascial layers for higher venous flow. There has been a large amount of controversy surrounding KT tape and the placebo effects its usage may have. The purpose of this study is to determine if kinesiology tape actually increases venous flow which will result in a reduction of edema and ecchymosis after injury.

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