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The Effect of Silicone Sleeve and Taping on Balance and Strength in Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Patients
J Kor Soc Phys Ther 2014;26(3):147-155
Published online June 30, 2014
© 2014 The Korean Society of Physical Therapy.

Hyo-Jeoung Kwon1, Dae-Sung Park2, Ju Ri Jeong3, Kwang-Ik Jung1

1Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Hallym University College of Medicine, 2Department of Physical Therapy, College of Medical Sciences, Konyang University, 3Department of Motor & Cognitive Function, National Rehabilitation Research Institude
Received May 16, 2014; Revised June 10, 2014; Accepted June 13, 2014.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Purpose: This study was to determine the effects of before and after application of silicone sleeve on balance and muscle strength in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction patients.
Methods: 13 subjects who had one or more months after ACL surgery were involved. Dynamic balance, timed up and go (TUG), stair step, vertical jump, proprioception and isokinetic knee strength were measured while subjects under taped, untapped and silicone sleeve conditions.
Results: For 30 seconds one-leg standing, there was a significant improvement under silicone sleeve on operated side with eyes open and both taping and silicone sleeve revealed similar effects with eyes closed (p<0.01). Application of silicone sleeve showed significant effects in proprioceptive function on the operated side compared to both taping and none (p<0.05). For stair step test, TUG and vertical jump was a tendency to improve after application of silicone sleeve, but no significant different. Muscle strength on operated side of quadriceps and hamstring was significantly improved compared with none or taping(p<0.05).
Conclusion: Silicone sleeve application for ACL reconstruction patients was effective immediately on improving strength and balance. Therefore, depending on the intended use and the disease is considered appropriate use of silicone sleeve will be able to help prevention and functional movement.
Keywords : Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, Taping, Silicone sleeve, Balance, Strength

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