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Can kinesiotaping optimise the results of an exercise-based treatment for rotator cuff-related shoulder pain? (PhD Academy Award)
  1. Fábio Carlos Lucas de Oliveira1,2
  1. 1École de kinésiologie et de loisir, Université de Moncton, Moncton, NB, Canada
  2. 2Research Unit in Sport and Physical Activity (CIDAF), University of Coimbra Faculty of Sport Sciences and Physical Education, Coimbra, Portugal
  1. Correspondence to Dr Fábio Carlos Lucas de Oliveira, Université de Moncton, Moncton, NB, Canada; fclud{at}

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What did I do?

My PhD project aimed to determine whether kinesiotaping provided additional benefits for treating individuals with rotator cuff-related shoulder pain (RCRSP). To achieve this goal, I investigated (1) the alterations in the rotator cuff (RC) muscle activation, (2) the immediate effects of kinesiotaping on the acromiohumeral distance (AHD) and shoulder proprioception and (3) the effects of kinesiotaping on the symptoms, functional limitations and underlying deficits associated with RCRSP.

Why did I do it?

I decided to conduct this investigation because of the high prevalence of shoulder pain within the general and athletic population. It is well documented that RCRSP symptoms and long-lasting limitations affect the performance and the capacity to play.1 Exercise therapy is the first line of treatment for RCRSP. Exercises based on sensorimotor training can optimise scapular motion and re-educate muscular recruitment, improving muscle activation and RC synchronicity.2 However, up to 50% of patients remain with symptoms for 12 months or longer.3 Therefore, new approaches to optimise the treatment for this condition are encouraged.

The application of kinesiotaping has been a popular approach in clinics. However, few studies have investigated its immediate, short-term or isolated effects among individuals with RCRSP.4 Current evidence has been insufficient to conclude the effectiveness of kinesiotaping in improving …

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  • Contributors FCLO contributed to conception, design and preparation of the procedures. He also conducted the recruitment of participants, data collection, the rehabilitation programme, analyses and data interpretation, and writing.

  • Funding This work was supported by the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES). FCLO received a doctoral scholarship from the Brazilian Government through the Science without Borders programme in association with the CAPES Foundation.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Author note This doctoral project was conducted at the Centre interdisciplinaire de recherche en réadaptation et intégration sociale (Cirris), Université Laval, Québec City, Canada.