The effects of ankle Kinesiotaping on postural control in healthy taekwondo athletes

Keywords: balance, muscle performance, lower extremity, female, students


Background and Study Aim. Although Kinesiotape is widely used by athletes, information about its effect is unclear. Its effect on postural control might directly affect an athlete's performance. In this study, it is aimed to find out whether ankle Kinesiotaping in taekwondo athletes affects postural control. Material and Methods. Twenty-four healthy university students – taekwondo athletes (12 females, 12 males) were included in the study voluntarily (Age 21.00 ± 1.53 years; height 173.33 ± 7.29 cm; body weight 63.41 ± 9.41 kg). Kinesiotape was carried out to the dominant ankle of the participants. Kinesiotape was applied supportively to peroneus longus, peroneus brevis, and tibiofibular ligament. All participants were taken to postural control measurements twice with Kinesiotape (KT) and without KT. Postural control was measured using the Biodex Balance System with eyes open (EO) and eyes closed (EC). Overall Stability Index (OSI), anterior-posterior sway (AP) and medio-lateral sway (ML) scores were used in the evaluation of postural control. Wilcoxon test was used to compare balance scores under EO condition, and the t-test was used for dependent groups to compare balance scores under EC condition. Results. In EO condition, no significant difference was found between OSI, AP, and ML scores of the taekwondo athletes with KT and without KT (p > 0.05). In EC condition, no significant difference was found between OSI, AP, and ML scores of male taekwondo athletes with KT and without KT (p > 0.05). It was found that Kinesiotape in EC condition decreased OSI and AP sway scores in female taekwondo athletes (p < 0.05). Conclusions. It was determined that ankle Kinesiotaping of taekwondo athletes did not change the postural balance in EO condition. In EC condition it did not change the postural sway of male taekwondo athletes, but it improved the postural control performances of female taekwondo athletes.


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Author Biographies

Yasemin Bayraktar, Selçuk University; Sports Science Faculty, Selçuk University; Konya, Turkey.
Nurtekin Erkmen, Selçuk University; Sports Science Faculty, Selçuk University; Konya, Turkey.
Yagmur Kocaoglu, Selcuk University; Sports Science Faculty, Selçuk University; Konya, Turkey.
Bayram Sönmez Ünüvar, Karatay University; Vocational School of Health Services, Karatay University; Konya, Turkey.


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How to Cite
Bayraktar Y, Erkmen N, Kocaoglu Y, Ünüvar BS. The effects of ankle Kinesiotaping on postural control in healthy taekwondo athletes. Physical education of students. 2021;25(6):345-52.