A critical appraisal of "The effects of two therapeutic patellofemoral taping techniques on strength, endurance, and pain responses"
This is a critical appraisal of "The effects of two therapeutic patellofemoral taping techniques on strength, endurance, and pain responses", which was published in 2012 in the journal, Physical Therapy in Sport and was written by Javier A. Osorio et al.. This study compared two patellofemoral taping techniques to each other and to a control condition of no tape. The outcome measures they recorded were strength, endurance, and pain. This was an organized and well written article in which the strengths outweighed the weaknesses. Some of the strengths include the extensive literature review process in the introduction and discussion sections, the experimental design, as well as the clarity of the methods. Some of the weaknesses include the inconclusive nature of the literature review in both the introduction and discussion, the chosen outcome measures, and the subjects not being blinded to the conditions they were in. This study is a useful resource to clinicians on the benefits of patellofemoral taping techniques on patients with patellofemoral pain. In addition, it is a useful resource to researchers interested in taping techniques to further the research based on these findings.