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Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences

First Committee Member

John Mercer

Second Committee Member

Tedd Girouard

Third Committee Member

Richard Tandy

Fourth Committee Member

Danny Young

Number of Pages



The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of two different arch taping techniques on shock attenuation during landing. Each subject (n=12, age 25.5 ± 3.37 years, height 1.73 ± 0.04 m, mass 82.06 ± 16.23) was instrumented with accelerometers at the leg and forehead (sample rate = 1000 Hz). Subjects performed landings from a 30 cm box under three taping conditions: no tape, Low Dye, and Weave. For each condition, subjects completed 5 landing trials. Rest was provided between each trial and order of conditions was counterbalanced. During each landing, accelerations were recorded at 1000 Hz for the leg and head respectively using light-weight accelerometers. Data were reduced by identifying the peak impact accelerations for the leg and head with shock attenuation calculated as [1- head peak impact acceleration/leg peak impact acceleration]*100. Peak impact accelerations as well as shock attenuation were the dependent variables. A repeated measures ANOVA was used to compare dependent variables between taping conditions. There was no significant difference for either leg peak accelerations (F2,22= .532, p = .595), head peak accelerations (F2,22= 1.479, p = .25), or shock attenuation (F2,22= 1.022, p > .376) between conditions (i.e., no tape, Low Dye, Weave). Leg or head peak acceleration or shock attenuation was not influenced by arch taping techniques.


Attenuation (Physics); Bandages and bandaging; Foot – Movements; Running; Shock (Mechanics)


Biomechanics | Kinesiology

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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