Itching for new research fresh off the press? Every month, Phil Page, PhD, PT, ATC compiles a list of the latest studies published in the TheraBand Academy database. Here’s your list for January 2016:

Short term effects of kinesiotaping on pain and function in patients with plantar fasciitis. Doshi et al. Orthop Phys Ther Practice. 2016. 28(1):40-46.

This case series reported that 5 patients with plantar fasciitis experienced improvements in pain and function within 2 weeks of applying kinesiology tape and performing daily stretches.

No Difference in Prophylactic Support Provided by Either Cloth or Self-adherent Tape. Stanek JM et al. Athl Train Sports Health Care. 2016. 8(1):8-16.

This study compared the ability of white athletic tape to self-adherent stretch tape in reducing ankle range of motion after 30 minutes of exercise. They found both were effective at similar costs.

The Incremental Effects of Manual Therapy or Booster Sessions in Addition to Exercise Therapy for Knee Osteoarthritis: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Abbott JH, et al. 2015. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2015 Dec;45(12):975-83.

Combining exercise (including elastic resistance bands) with manual therapy for knee osteoarthritis is more effective than exercise alone. In addition, spreading 12 monthly physical therapy visits over the course of one year was more effective than 12 consecutive visits.

The Effects of a Multimodal Rehabilitation Program on Symptoms and Ground-Reaction Forces in Runners With Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome. Esculier JF et al. J Sport Rehabil. 2016 Feb;25(1):23-30.

Runners with anterior knee pain significantly reduced their pain and increased their function after an 8-week exercise program including elastic bands.

Translating Strong for Life Into the Community Care Program. Danilovich MK et al. J Appl Gerontol. Online ahead of print. Jan 20, 2016.

The Strong for Life program was developed in the 1990s as an exercise program for older adults exclusively using TheraBand resistance bands. This study showed that home care attendants could successfully facilitate the Strong for Life program for homebound clients.

The Effect of Kinesio Taping on Muscle Pain, Sprint Performance, and Flexibility in Recovery From Squat Exercise in Young Adult Women. J Sport Rehabil. 2016 Feb;25(1):7-12.

Healthy females performed a squat protocol to induce quadriceps soreness (DOMS) without and with kinesiology tape applied. There was no difference in soreness or sprint performance with the tape, but their quadriceps flexibility was maintained with the tape.

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