Saturday, December 5, 2009

We won't get fooled again!

Great tune by The Who.

Jack Blatherwick, strength coach of the famous '80 miracle on ice U.S. hockey team, reminds us to not just read the abstracts in these professional journals. Read the whole thing and dissect it. A good case in point:

"The effects of taping on scapular kinematics and muscle performance in baseball players with shoulder impingement syndrome" Yin-Hsin Hsu a, et al-
Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology 12/09.

The reseacher came to the conclusion, "elastic taping (Kinesiotape) significantly increased the scapular posterior tilt at 30 and 60 during arm raising and increased the lower trapezius muscle activity in the 60–30 arm lowering phase (p <>

I believe it. An inhibited lower trap, and the tight pec minor that goes hand in hand contributes to external impingement syndrome. I'm all for anything that facilitates correction.

The problem is the sham taping they used- 3M micropore tape applied in the same manner, but without any stretch force.

What if they had used Leukotape with a pull instead? What if they had preceeded the test with my pec minor stretch?...with scapular FMR?...the tape & all of the above? What would that scapular tilt & EMG look like?

1 comment:

sal m said...

Another great example of how abstracts and titles of studies are misleading are the vast majority of studies dealing with Whole Body Vibration. The titles and abstracts usually make a compelling case for WBV until you read the details of the methods and procedures.