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Kinesio taping for sports injuries

PainSci » bibliography » Kamper et al 2013
Tags: treatment, devices, running, taping, exercise, self-treatment, controversy, debunkery

Four articles on PainSci cite Kamper 2013: 1. The Complete Guide to IT Band Syndrome2. The Complete Guide to Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome3. Shin Splints Treatment, The Complete Guide4. The Dubious Science of Kinesiology Tape

PainSci notes on Kamper 2013:

This short paper is formal response to a meta-analysis of taping for sports injuries (Williams). It’s harshly critical:

Despite the title of the review, the authors do not report a meta-analysis of the included studies. … The review has several flaws, the most serious of which is selective reporting of outcomes. As only positive (significant) results are reported it is not possible to assess the entirety of the evidence for effectiveness of kinesio taping. In addition, while the authors report to have followed the methodological guidelines of the Cochrane Collaboration this does not appear to be the case. … Clinicians should look to other sources of information …

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Kinesio taping does not appear to have a beneficial effect on pain when compared with sham treatment. Based mostly on studies of healthy populations, there are inconsistent results for other outcome measures such as ROM, strength, muscle activity and proprioception. This systematic review has serious methodological limitations that compromise the reliability of the conclusions. Clinicians should look to other sources of information in determining whether or not to apply this intervention. At present there appears to be little high quality evidence on which to assess the effectiveness of kinesio taping, it is hoped that future research will clarify the situation.

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