The effects of a neoprene sleeve on knee joint position sense

Herrington, LC ORCID:, Simmonds, C and Hatcher, JO ORCID: 2005, 'The effects of a neoprene sleeve on knee joint position sense' , Research in Sports Medicine: An International Journal, 13 (1) , pp. 37-46.

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The aims of the study were, first, to assess the effect of a neoprene knee brace on proprioceptive acuity of normal subjects and, second, to assess the relationships between a variety of tests of proprioceptive acuity. Twenty healthy, physically active subjects had absolute error scores measured while carrying out three different established tests of proprioceptive ability (active tracking, active reproduction, and perceived angle tests) under two conditions, either with or without the presence of a neoprene sleeve. The neoprene sleeve significantly improved the degree of error scores in all tests. For the active tracking, test accuracy was improved by 28% (p = 0.004), the angle reproduction test showed a 23% increase in accuracy (p = 0.029), and the accuracy of the perceived angle test improved by 27% (p = 0.035). The relationship between magnitude of error scores between the test all showed nonsignificant low correlation. The findings of this study support the previous literature, which indicates that the application of a knee sleeve improves proprioceptive acuity. The study also indicates that when testing proprioceptive acuity, a test battery should be used because of the limited correlation between any of the tests used.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Research in Sports Medicine: An International Journal
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1543-8627
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Depositing User: JO Hatcher
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2020 15:05
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 21:43

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