Ibero-American Journal of Exercise and Sports Psychology

Effects of Kinesio Taping on Functional Performance and Anterior Cruciate Ligament Rupture in Juvenile Female Soccer Players


Ahmed Fadhil Farhan*, Ismael Saleem Abed and Israa Gameel Housien

The incidences rates of Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) the highest in sports, especially among juvenile female soccer players, and a common method for decreasing pain, improve muscle function, circulation and proprioception is using kinesiotaping (KT). To determine the effects of using KT on functional performance (FP) of juvenile soccer players with (ACL) injuries. Twenty-three juvenile female soccer players (Age13.31 ± 0.25 years; Stature 1.49 ± 0.18m; BMI 21.3 ± 2.24 kg/m2) participants in this study. Twelve participants with mild (ACL) injuries in the experimental group (EXP), and (11) player with no history of (ACL) injuries in the control group (CON). KT was applied once and maintained for three consecutive days on (EXP) group. Participants performed three functional tests (Vertical jumping heights, Shape of 8 hop test and Shape side hop test) with and without the knee taped. The ANOVA (one-way) test with repeated measures and independent t-tests was applied, considering a 5% significance level. There was a significant between-group difference at each time point after KT application (p<0.05), with lower pain in the kinesiotaping. Pair wise comparison of the outcome measures in the two occasions (without KT and with KT) revealed statistically significant differences in all FP test (p<0.05). There was a significant between-group difference after application in the KT group (p < 0.05). The KT has superior effect in juvenile female soccer players with mild (ACL) injuries and can be used safely for improving knee joint stability and FP.


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