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The effect of patellar taping on patella position using ultrasound scanning

Herrington, LC



Previous research into the effect of patellar taping has found conflicting results and when studies have found
positive findings these effects appear to be negated by exercise. The purpose of this study was to re-examine
the effect of patellar taping on patellar position using ultrasound scanning. Twelve asymptomatic subjects
(six males and six females (age 20.4+/−1.2 years)) had their patellar position examined, prior to and
following the application of tape, and also following exercise (25 step ups). Mean patellar position (distance
border patella to edge lateral femoral condyle) prior to application of tape was 6.2+/−1.3 mm following the
application of tape mean patellar position was 7.9+/−1.7 mm, this was a statistically significant change in
position (p=0.003). Following exercise mean patellar position was 7.6+/−1.7 mm this was a significant
reduction compared to the taped position prior to exercise (p=0.001). This value was though still
significantly greater than prior to the application of tape (p=0.006). This study found that patellar position
was significantly changed following the application of tape. Furthermore, the study found that though low
intensity exercise resulted in a significant change in the patellar position compared to the taped position
prior to exercise, that change was most likely to have occurred due to random chance or measurement error.


Herrington, L. (2010). The effect of patellar taping on patella position using ultrasound scanning. ˜The œKnee (Amsterdam. Online), 17, 132-134.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2010
Deposit Date Dec 23, 2010
Journal The Knee
Print ISSN 0968-0160
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 17
Pages 132-134
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