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The Effect of Kinesiotape on Flexion-Extension of the Thoracolumbar Back in Horses at Trot

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Animotion Rehab, Kalles ängsväg 1, 760 15 Gräddö, Sweden
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Hästrehab i Ängelholm AB, Vanstadsv. 121, 262 91 Ängelholm, Sweden
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Tierklinik Luesche GmbH, 49456 Luesche, Germany
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Dep. of Equine Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, 3512 Utrecht, The Netherlands
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Dep. of Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, 75007 Uppsala, Sweden
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Division of Health Science, Luleå University of Technology, 971 87 Luleå, Sweden
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Animals 2020, 10(2), 301; https://doi.org/10.3390/ani10020301 (registering DOI)
Received: 15 December 2019 / Revised: 9 February 2020 / Accepted: 11 February 2020 / Published: 13 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Biomechanics of the Exercising Animals)
Kinesiotape theoretically stimulates mechanoreceptive and proprioceptive sensory pathways that in turn may modulate the neuromuscular activity and locomotor function, so alteration of activation, locomotion and/or range of motion (ROM) can be achieved. The aim of this study was to determine whether kinesiotape applied to the abdominal muscles would affect the ROM in flexion-extension (sagittal plane) in the thoracolumbar back of horses at trot. The study design was a paired experimental study, with convenient sample. Each horse was randomly placed in the control or the intervention group and then the order reversed. Eight horses trotted at their own preferred speed in hand on a straight line, 2 × 30 m. Optical motion capture was used to collect kinematic data. Paired t-tests, normality tests and 1-Sample Wilcoxon test were used to assess the effects of the kinesiotape. No statistical significance (p < 0.05) for changes in flexion-extension of the thoracolumbar back in trot was shown in this group of horses. Some changes were shown indicating individual movement strategies in response to stimuli from the kinesiotape. More research in this popular and clinically used method is needed to fully understand the reacting mechanisms in horses.
Keywords: horses; biomechanics; locomotion; activity; rehabilitation; physiotherapy; kinesiotape; kinesiology tape horses; biomechanics; locomotion; activity; rehabilitation; physiotherapy; kinesiotape; kinesiology tape
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Ericson, C.; Stenfeldt, P.; Hardeman, A.; Jacobson, I. The Effect of Kinesiotape on Flexion-Extension of the Thoracolumbar Back in Horses at Trot. Animals 2020, 10, 301.

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