By Phil Page PhD, PT, ATC, CSCS, FACSM

18 new articles were added to the Academy in October 2016

Kinesiology Taping

B Kelle et al. The effect of Kinesio taping application for acute non-specific low back pain: a randomized controlled clinical trial. Clin Rehabil. 2016 Oct;30(10):997-1003.

In this randomized controlled trial, acute low back pain patients using kinesiology tape reduced their pain faster and used less pain medication than a control group of patients with acute LBP.

S Kaplan et al. Short-Term Effects of Kinesio Taping in Women with Pregnancy-Related Low Back Pain: A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial. Med Sci Monit. 2016 Apr 18;22:1297-301.

Kinesiology tape in addition to pain medication provided greater pain relief than medication alone in this randomized controlled trial of pregnant women with lower back pain.

S Campbell et al. The Effect of Kinesio Taping on Anterior Knee Pain Consistent With Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome: A Critically Appraised Topic. J Sport Rehabil. 2016 Aug;25(3):288-93

Although there is a lack of strong support in the literature for using kinesiology tape in patients with anterior knee pain, this review suggests there may be benefit to applying kinesiology tape to the quadriceps muscle and around the patella.

E Giray et al. A randomized, single-blinded pilot study evaluating the effects of kinesiology taping and the tape application techniques in addition to therapeutic exercises in the treatment of congenital muscular torticollis. Clinical Rehabilitation. 2016 Oct: Ahead of print.

Adding kinesiology tape to exercise for infants with congenital muscular torticollis does not add benefit over exercise alone.

F Kocyigit et al. Kinesio taping or just taping in shoulder subacromial impingement syndrome? A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Physiother Theory Pract. 2016 Oct;32(7):501-8.

Kinesiology tape for shoulder impingement was as effective as sham taping.


Y Li et al. The effects of resistance exercise in patients with knee osteoarthritis: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Clin Rehabil. 2016 Oct;30(10):947-959.

This meta-analysis of research including elastic band exercises found resistance training is beneficial for knee osteoarthritis in improving pain, stiffness and function.

F Lee et al. Effects of a tailor-made exercise program on exercise adherence and health outcomes in patients with knee osteoarthritis: a mixed-methods pilot study. Clin Interv Aging. 2016 Oct 5;11:1391-1402.

This pilot study of a 4-week community-based group exercise program used elastic resistance as part of the home program for patients with knee osteoarthritis.

C Gabler et al. Comparison of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation and Cryotherapy for Increasing Quadriceps Activation in Patients With Knee Pathologies. J Sport Rehabil. 2016 Aug;25(3):294-300.

The authors compare the literature on cryotherapy and TENS therapy to increase quadriceps muscle activation in knee patients, finding both can be effective; however, the cause of inhibition may play a role in effectiveness.

P Wang et al. Effects of Whole Body Vibration Exercise associated with Quadriceps Resistance Exercise on functioning and quality of life in patients with knee osteoarthritis: A randomized controlled trial. Clin Rehabil. 2016 Oct;30(11):1074-1087.

A randomized controlled trial found adding elastic band resistance exercises and squats with an exercise ball to whole body vibration training is more effective than vibration training alone over 6 months in patients with knee osteoarthritis.

deVries et al. The effect of a patellar strap on knee joint proprioception in healthy participants and athletes with patellar tendinopathy. J Sci Med Sport. 2016 Apr;19(4):278-82.

Researchers found small improvements in knee proprioception in patients with anterior knee pain wearing a patellar strap, but the clinical importance is unknown.


D Berkoff et al. Corrected error video versus a physical therapist instructed home exercise program: accuracy of performing therapeutic shoulder exercises. Int J Sports Phys Ther. 2016 Oct;11(5):757-764.

The authors suggested that a video demonstration was as effective as personalized instruction of a physical therapist in performing some elastic resistance shoulder exercises in healthy subjects; however, their assessment tool has not been validated.

Geriatrics/ Chronic Disease

A Halvarsson et al. Long-term effects of a progressive and specific balance-training programme with multi-task exercises for older adults with osteoporosis: A randomized controlled study. Clin Rehabil. 2015 Sep 22; 30(11):1049-1059.

A 12 week exercise program for older adults with osteoporosis using exercise balls and balance tools such as Stability Trainers improved gait and risk factors for falling up to 15 months after the program.

Sports Rehab & Performance

K Pfile et al. Sustained Improvements in Dynamic Balance and Landing Mechanics After a 6-Week Neuromuscular Training Program in College Women’s Basketball Players. J Sport Rehabil. 2016 Aug;25(3):233-40.

Female basketball players improved landing mechanics and dynamic balance after a 6 week training program including elastic band strengthening, and maintained improvements over a 9 month season.

K Paditsaeree et al. Comparison Between the Effects of Combining Elastic and Free-Weight Resistance and Free-Weight Resistance on Force and Power Production. J Strength Cond Res. 2016 Oct;30(10):2713-22.

Performing a 90% 1RM clean pull exercise with a barbell and adding elastic tubing resistance equivalent to 10% (of 90% 1RM resistance) resulted in increased power, force and velocity in female weight lifters.

A Saeterbakken et al. Resistance-training exercises with different stability requirements: time course of task specificity. Eur J Appl Physiol. 2016 Sep 26.

A 10-week bench press training program on an exercise ball resulted in faster gains in strength compared to training on a stable surface. 


S Cheatham et al. The efficacy of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization: a systematic review. J Can Chiropr Assoc. 2016 Sep;60(3):200-211.

This systematic review found inconclusive evidence of the effectiveness of IASTM due to methodological differences in the literature.

A Murray et al. Sixty seconds of foam rolling does not affect functional flexibility or change muscle temperature in adolescent athletes. Int J Sports Phys Ther. 2016 Oct;11(5):765-776.

Foam rolling of the quadriceps for 1 minute did not change flexibility or muscle temperature after 30 minutes in a small group of young athletes.


E Sundstrup et al. Strength Training Improves Fatigue Resistance and Self-Rated Health in Workers with Chronic Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial. BioMed Research International. 2016 Oct;1-11.

Workers with chronic upper extremity pain completing 10 weeks of strengthening including a TheraBand® FlexBar and elastic tubing had less muscle fatigue and less hand/wrist pain than workers receiving ergonomic training.


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