Efficacy of Kinesiotaping in Lower Trunk Flexion range of motion in Tennis Players

Anoop, N (2018) Efficacy of Kinesiotaping in Lower Trunk Flexion range of motion in Tennis Players. Masters thesis, Cherraan's College of Physiotherapy, Coimbatore.


Download (673kB) | Preview


INTRODUCTION: Overuse or repetitive microtrauma to muscles, joints, ligaments and bones are common injuries seen in athletics. In athletes, low back strength is an important component of participating in many sports, including racquets sports, judo, weight lifting, baseball, martial arts and rock climbing. In Electromyographic (EMG) studies, performed on collegiate and professional tennis players, it was discovered that the back extensors, lumbar erector spinae, multifidus and DL facia showed marked activity during portions of the serves, forehand and backhand strokes.10,18 Therefore, a marked increase in activation of the lumbar muscles may lead to overuse injury resulting in reduced muscle strength or fatigue of low back muscles which may result in the muscle not being able to maintain force output and may also be a contributing factor in decreasing the range of motion of lumbar spine. This would result in decreasing the overall effectiveness of on athlete’s sports ability. NEED & SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY: 1. Literature suggests that it’s not possible to gain effective performance without appropriate flexibility. So, if kinesiotaping proves to be an effective measure to increase flexibility of lower trunk then performance of tennis player can be enhanced using this measure. 2. This method if justified then it will also help the player by not only enhancing theflexibility but also support and protection in biomechanically using the extreme ranges of the body. METHODOLOGY: The purpose of the study is to find out the efficacy of kinesiotaping on lower trunk flexion range of motion in tennis player. Hypotheses: Experimental Hypothesis: There is significant effect of kinesiotaping on lower trunk flexion ROM in tennis player. Null Hypothesis: There is no significant effect of kinesiotaping on lower trunk flexion ROM in tennis player. Sample: a. Number of subjects- 30 b. Source of the subjects : Study was conducted in Life Spring, Tennis Academy, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. c. Method of Selection- Sample of Convenience. Study Design: Pre-test post-test single group experimental design. Study Setup And Duration: Total duration of the study 6 weeks. Each subject needs 2 days (Day 1 and 2). Each session of 1 hour for a day. Inclusion Criteria: a. Age group 18-24 years. b. Only male players were taken. Exclusion Criteria: a. Players having any low back injury with in 6 month. b. Players having any pathology of hip, knee, thigh, and back. c. Other factor affecting the flexibility was not calculated. Like temperature etc. CONCLUSION: Our research indicates that kinesiotaping when applied to tennis players, it enhance low back muscular flexibility (ROM) than that seen in a “no tape” condition. Also when KT using a Y flexion pattern was applied, it improve the active range of motion in lower trunk flexion. Although, future research must be done to test if Kinesiotaping has a therapeutic benefit for athletes with chronic back pain. Hence, null hypothesis that there is no significant effect of kinesiotaping on lower trunk flexion ROM in tennis player rejected and experimental hypothesis is accepted. However, since this study was of sample size, further studies can be done with large sample size which would support this conclusion more strongly. Despite limitation, this study provides evidence for the positive effect of K Tape in improving flexibility in Tennis players.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Additional Information: Reg.No.271650122
Uncontrolled Keywords: Efficacy, Kinesiotaping, Lower Trunk Flexion range, motion, Tennis Players.
Subjects: PHYSIOTHERAPY > Sports Physiotherapy
Depositing User: Subramani R
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2020 04:11
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2020 04:11
URI: http://repository-tnmgrmu.ac.in/id/eprint/12214

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item