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Wioleta Ostiak1, *Anna Peretiatkowicz2, Izabella Krystkowiak1
Skuteczność kinesiotapingu w leczeniu urazów tkanek miękkich u młodych sportowców
The effectiveness of kinesiotaping in treatment of the soft tissue injuries in adolescent football players
1Department of Pediatric Orthopedics and Traumatology, University Medical Sciences, Poznań
Head of Department: Prof. Andrzej Szulc, MD, PhD
2KKS Lech Poznań S.A.
Coach Coordinator: Marek Śledź
Cel pracy. Celem pracy była ocena skuteczności kinesiotapingu w leczeniu urazów tkanek miękkich u młodych zawodników piłki nożnej.
Materiał i metody. Zbadano 30 sportowców w wieku 12-15 lat, którzy doznali urazów mięśniowych kończyn dolnych. Zawodnicy zostali podzieleni na dwie 15-osobowe grupy: badawczą i kontrolną. Po urazie wszyscy zostali poddani fizjoterapii ukierunkowanej na terapię tkanek miękkich, a zawodnikom z grupy badawczej dodatkowo naklejono taśmę kinesiotape. U badanych w obrębie kontuzjowanej kończyny oceniono: zakres ruchomości stawów, dolegliwości bólowe podczas testów oporowych mięśni oraz czucie głębokie podczas testu stania na jednej nodze. Wszyscy zawodnicy badani byli trzykrotnie: w dniu urazu, 3. i 7. dnia od urazu.
Wyniki. Odnotowano statystycznie istotne zmniejszenie dolegliwości bólowych w grupie kontrolnej i badawczej w kolejnych dniach badania. W zakresie propriocepcji w obu grupach czas stania na kontuzjowanej kończynie wydłużał się, jednak nie odnotowano istotnych statystycznie różnic w poszczególnych dniach pomiędzy nimi.
Wartości deficytu zakresu ruchu w obu grupach istotnie statystycznie zmniejszały się wraz z upływem czasu. Siódmego dnia w grupie badawczej deficyt ten był mniejszy niż w grupie kontrolnej, jednak zawodnicy z obu grup nie uzyskali jeszcze pełnego zakresu ruchu.
Wnioski. 1) Kinesiotaping jest skuteczną metodą w redukcji bólu podczas leczenia urazów tkanek miękkich i może być z powodzeniem stosowany jako uzupełnienie procesu usprawniania po przebytym urazie tkanek miękkich wśród młodych sportowców. 2) Szybsza redukcja bólu pourazowego wpływa na szybszy powrót zawodnika do pełnej aktywności sportowej. 3) Zastosowane aplikacje: mięśniowa i limfatyczna plastra kinesiotape nie wpływają na przyspieszenie w uzyskaniu poprawy propriocepcji u kontuzjowanych zawodników.
Aim. To evaluate the effectiveness of kinesiotaping in the treatment of soft tissue injuries of adolescent football players.
Material and methods. 30 players with soft tissue injuries of the lower limb were randomly assigned to one of the two groups: a study (15) or a control group (15). The subjects ranged from 12 to 15 years of age. The control group received traditional physiotherapeutic treatment for their injuries. The study group received the traditional treatment plus additional kinesiotaping treatment. The effectiveness of kinesiotaping was evaluated based on three variables: range of joint motion, level of pain during the muscle resistance tests, and proprioception during the one-leg standing test. Data were measured three times: on the first, third, and seventh day following the incident (1, 3, 7).
Results. The results show a statistically significant decrease in pain intensity in both groups on each day when data were recorded. Concerning proprioception, the time of standing on the contused limb was increasing in both groups. However, the results do not show significant differences between the groups on days when measurements were taken.
The results of the range of motion deficit show a statistically significant decrease relative to the amount of time since injury. On the seventh day, a lower deficit in the study group was noted in comparison to the control group. However, players in both groups did not reach full range of motion.
Conclusions. 1) Kinesiotaping is an effective method in pain reduction in soft tissue injuries. It can assist practitioners as a complementary method in rehabilitation treatment of soft tissue injuries in adolescent athletes. 2) Faster post-injury pain reduction implies earlier return to full athletic activity. 3) The applied kinesiotaping techniques (muscle and lymphatic correction) do not effect improvement of proprioception in injured athletes.
In the field of physiotherapy, kinesiotaping has been recognized as a method for facilitating rehabilitation treatment and modifying certain physiological processes. It has been used in orthopedics, rehabilitation and sports medicine (1).
The kinesiotaping technique was invented in the 1970’s by dr. Kenzo Kase – a Japanese chiropractor. The objective of his method is to capitalize on the natural self-healing processes of an organism and to sustain this therapeutic effect.
The tape used in kinesiotaping is made from high-quality cotton with a layer of acrylic (100%). It does not contain any medicinal ingredients or latex. The tape’s thickness, specific gravity, and elasticity are close to the parameters of human skin. It is water and airproof enabling patients to carry out activities such as washing or swimming. The tape extends in one direction, which permits the correction of the cutaneo-fascial system (2). A particular advantage of the tape is its’ durability. It has the capacity to remain fastened for 5 to 7 days, which means a 24-hour therapy.
Kinesiotaping is effective across a broad spectrum of conditions. Depending on the tape application, it produces the following results (2):
– Maintenance of a full range of motion
– Normalization of muscular pressure as well as activation of damaged muscles
– Decrease in pain and in pathological skin sensitivities
– Disappearance of blockages and lymphatic swellings
– Correction of inappropriate joint positions
– Proper position of fascia and skin
– Improved microcirculation
– Improved proprioception
In terms of tape application, there are seven basic techniques. These are so-called corrective methods (3, 4):
1. Muscle Correction. This is the most frequently used technique. The tape is applied along the muscle tissue, without stretching the tape, but with its maximal extension.
2. Mechanical Correction. This technique is used to obtain natural positioning. It stimulates mechanoreceptors, which provide information about the correct positioning of a joint, muscle, or fascia.
3. Fascial Correction. This method is applied to activate or to shift fascia in the appropriate direction. The tension of the tape should remain within 25-50%. The desired tension can be achieved by using two techniques:
a) Manual shifting of fascia, followed by the tape application in order to maintain its new position.
b) Stimulation of tension by oscillating the tape and causing the movement of fascia.
4. Space Correction. This technique is used to create space directly above the source of pain, inflammation, or swelling. The space facilitates the reduction of pressure by lifting up the skin.
5. Tendon Correction. It is used to increase stimulation in the vicinity of tendon or ligament. This method causes increased stimulation of mechanoreceptors. The tape tension should be in the range of 50 to 75%.
6. Lymphatic Correction. This technique is applied to create space with a decreased pressure under the tape. The tape acts as a channel directing secretions to the nearest lymphatic canal. The tape tension should stay at 0-15% and the stripes are applied in the shape of a fan with its base placed under the lymphatic gland.
7. Functional Correction. It is used to obtain sensory stimulation in order to support or to limit a given movement. The tape is applied during the active motion using the tension of 50-100%. In addition, this method supports stimulation of mechanoreceptors.
We evaluated the effectiveness of kinesiotaping while treating a group of adolescent athletes who had been diagnosed with soft tissue injuries after playing football. Football is a sport characterized by a high risk of contusion. Therefore, the main role of a physiotherapist is to enable a quick return of a player to the field.
Currently, football-related injuries account for approximately 50-60% of all sports injuries, in which 3% require hospitalization. The frequency of injuries is undeniably related to the specific nature of the game, which involves bodily contact between the players (5). Epidemiological data show that the majority of contusions display the characteristics of injuries, and 67% occur during a competition. However, overloading symptoms appear in only 9-34% of players (5, 6). In the etiology of the injuries, the internal and external factors should be taken into account. The internal factors include fatigue caused by insufficient break periods, a too quick return to training with insufficiently healed injuries, lack of appropriate warm-ups, or inadequately trained athletes. The external factors are primarily the lack of adherence to the rules of the game on the part of opposing team players, poor physical state of a field, or adverse weather conditions (7).
The type of injuries varies depending on the age of an athlete. In football, among young players, the most frequent injuries are bruising (32,9-47%) and sprain. It is not unusual to see players with wounds or scrapes (6-39%). Among adult players, the most frequent injuries are ankle sprain (28-35%), muscle strain (10-47%) and bruising (8,3-21,3%) (5, 6). In football-related injuries 75 to 93% affect lower limbs, where knee, ankle and foot joints are most frequently afflicted. Head, neck, and spine injuries account for the next most common type, followed by injuries of upper limbs, which affect mainly goal keepers and generally represent damage to shoulder, elbow and fingers (5, 6, 8). Due to the mode of introductory training, most injuries occur during this stage with the occurrence of 89% of all injuries (matches – 67%, training – 22%), and 11% of players experiencing a contusion during this period (7).
The general aim of the study was an evaluation of the effectiveness of kinesiotaping in the treatment of soft tissue injuries and the measurement of time required for full recovery of injured athletes. Additionally the assessment of the tape’s impact on pain reduction, the improvement of proprioception and the increase of range of motion of the injured joint in comparison to a control group were conducted.
Material and methods
In prospective studies, 30 athletes with lower limb muscle injuries were selected. The players were in the range of 12 to 15 years of age, with an average of 13,5 ± 0,04 years. All subjects were members of the junior teams of a football club named KKS Lech located in Poznań, Poland. The players were divided into two 15-person groups: study group (average age of 13,47 ± 1,06 years) and control group (average age 13,53 ± 1,06 years). Following an injury, all participants underwent physiotherapy (tab. 1). The kinesiotape was also applied to the study group. The control group did not receive this additional treatment. Tape applications varied depending on the nature of an injury.
Table 1. Physiotherapeutic methods applied during therapy of an injured body part.
|1.||RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation)||RICE|
|3.||– various forms of message;|
– postisometric relaxation;
– static proprioception exercises.
|– message of a limb;|
– cold treatment
|4.||– as in 3rd day ||– as in 3rd day +|
– postisometric relaxation
– static proprioception exercises.
|5.||– as in 3rd and 4th day +|
– strengthen exercises with TheraBand
|– as in 4th day +|
|6.||– as in 5th day||– strengthen exercises with TheraBand|
|7.||– jogging||– as in 6th day|
Individuals were randomly assigned to the study or control groups.
All diagnoses by physiotherapist were confirmed by the club’s orthopedic surgeon and through ultrasound examinations.
During the study the following variables were assessed:
– Range of motion of individual joints of the lower limb.
– Pain experienced during the resistance tests in selected lower limb muscles.
– Proprioception of an injured limb during the one-leg standing test.
The K-Active Tape 50 mm. x 5 m. was used.
During the study, all athletes were tested three times: on the day of injury, on the third day following injury, and on the seventh day after the incident.
Resistance tests were used to assess a contractile structures. The tests involve maximal isometric contraction of a given muscle. Pain or decreased muscle strength during this procedure indicates muscular dysfunction (9).
In the study, the resistance tests were conducted on the following lower limb muscles (10):
1. quadriceps femoris muscles,
2. hamstrings muscles,
3. abductor muscles,
4. adductor muscles,
5. tibialis anterior muscle,
6. gastrocnemius muscle,
7. soleus muscle.
During the resistance tests, the athletes self-assessed the degree of pain using the Numerical Rating Scale (NRS). The scale consists of 11 degrees of pain perception, where 0 indicates no pain and 10 an intolerable degree of pain (11). In terms of pain evaluation, only the data related to the degree of pain in the injured muscles were analyzed.
Proprioception and static balance were measured during the one-leg standing test. The supporting leg must be straight. Both legs are used alternatively. The time of a balanced position of a subject was measured with eyes open and closed. Each subject was allowed three attempts, with a maximum of 30 seconds for each attempt. The best timing (longest) for each player was used in the analysis.
The measurement of the range of motion was performed using goniometer with the following parameters being evaluated (10):
1. Hip flexion.
2. Hip abduction and adductor muscles contracture. The examination was performed in two positions: with knee flexed and extended.
3. Hip adduction and abductor muscles contracture.
4. Knee flexion and quadriceps muscle contracture.
5. Popliteal angle and hamstrings muscles contracture.
6. Silverskiöld test to evaluate gastrocnemius and soleus muscles contracture.
7. Plantar flexion of the foot and tibialis anterior muscle contracture.
Only data related to the range of motion of a lower-limb joint affected by injury were analyzed. Deficiencies of the range of motion were assessed using a percentage value and expressing the degree of divergence from the norm (100%). Values initially measured in degrees (°) were converted to percentages (%), because individual ranges of motion differ depending on the type of an injured muscle.
The homogeneity of variances between the two data sets was analyzed using the F-Snedecor test. In cases of divergence of variances between the trials, the Wilcoxon signed rank test for paired group or the Wilcoxon rank sum test for unpaired group (U-Mann-Whitney) was used. In all other cases, the Student’s t-Test was applied for both groups. The only exception was the evaluation of pain, where the NRS scale was used. To analyze pain-related data, the Wilcoxon test was used for paired and unpaired groups.
Values, with p < 0.05 were considered as statistically significant. All statistical analyses were performed using the statistical application R – version 2.10.1.
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