Shoulder Injury | Effects of Muscle Fatigue and a Taping Technique on Shoulder Motion of Athletes

Shoulder Injury research study

What is the primary objective of this study?

The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of muscle fatigue in the scapular kinematics of overhead athletes with and without using a kinesio taping technique for facilitating lower trapezius function. The hypothesis is that the taping technique could compensate for the negative effects caused by muscle fatigue in the scapular kinematics of healthy overhead athletes.

Who is eligible to participate?

Inclusion Criteria: - Overhead athletes regularly training; - No report of shoulder pain in the last 6 months. Exclusion criteria: - Previous shoulder or neck surgery; - Previous shoulder dislocation.

Which medical condition, disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury is researched?

Shoulder Injury

Muscle Fatigue

Study Interventions

Interventions can include giving participants drugs, medical devices, procedures, vaccines, and other products that are either investigational or already available or noninvasive approaches such as surveys, education, and interviews.

Other:Elastic taping applied with tension

Other:Elastic taping applied without tension

Other:Fatigue protocol

Study Arms

Research studies and clinical trials typically have two or more research arms. An arm is a group of people who receive the same treatment in the study.

ControlIn this session, the athletes will be evaluated before and after the fatigue protocol, without any taping application.

Kinesio tapingA kinesio taping technique for facilitating lower trapezius muscle function will be applied just before fatigue protocol and removed after in the end of the evaluation session.

ShamA similar technique, using the same tape, will be applied but without any tension (tension is considered to be the therapeutic effect). The tape will be applied just before the fatigue protocol and removed in the end of the session.

Study Status

Unknown status

Start Date: May 2012

Completed Date: July 2014

Phase: N/A

Type: Interventional


Primary Outcome: Changes in scapular internal/external rotations, upward/downward rotations and anterior/posterior tilt movements

Secondary Outcome: Changes in the median frequency of electromyographic signal from upper and lower trapezius and serratus anterior muscles.

Study sponsors, principal investigator, and references

Principal Investigator: Gisele G Zanca, MSc

Lead Sponsor: Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos


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