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Objective Measurements of SpiderTech® Taping Application Using OptoGait

Justin Baker BS, Tyler Kowalski BS, 15 Oct 2012

OBJECTIVES: To determine if contact times and flight times using OptoGait® improve (i.e. decreased measured CV) by applying SpiderTech® to the gluteal region. METHOD: Ten random young men (aging from 22-26) were evaluated for gluteus medius dysfunction using six-inch step down testing, manual muscle testing, and Trendelenburg test. If the subjects were found to have any positive tests, the individuals were measured for contact time and flight times using the OptoGait® analysis program prior to and after SpiderTech® application to the gluteal region using SpiderTech® taping application guidelines. Readings were taken for three consecutive days and the results were interpreted. RESULTS: No correlation was found between SpiderTech taping of the gluteus medius and the data collected on OptoGait®. Only 3 subjects demonstrated improvement with taping with a lower CV in both contact and flight times. CONCLUSION: This study was inconclusive as the data collected was not significant in showing improved variability within movement. This does not support nor disprove the effectiveness of SpiderTech taping. It is recommended that more research is necessary to quantify the effects of SpiderTech taping.

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