The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of Kinesio Tape (KT) to no tape on electromyographic (EMG) activity of the teres minor (TM), infraspinatus (IS), and supraspinatus (SS) muscles when completing a variety of functional movement patterns. Thirty healthy individuals performed three repetitions of reaching into flexion, abduction, and external rotation with and without KT. The mean absolute EMG activity (mV) was recorded using a Delsys Trigno Wireless EMG System. There was a significant increase in EMG activity for the IS during external rotation, (t(21)=2.532, p=.019); and a significant decrease in TM, (t(21)=2.018, p=.057); and SS (t(21)=2.190, p=.04) during flexion with tape. Therefore, the application of tape may assist clinicians in altering (facilitating or decreasing) specific rotator cuff muscle activity level.
Groop, Kenneth; Sanzo, Paolo; and Zerpa, Carlos
"THE EFFECT OF KINESIOTAPING COMPARED TO NO TAPE ON SURFACE EMG ACTIVITY OF THE SHOULDER MUSCLES DURING OVERHEAD FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENTS,"
ISBS Proceedings Archive: Vol. 35
, Article 99.
Available at: http://commons.nmu.edu/isbs/vol35/iss1/99