Effect of patellar strap and sports tape on pain in patellar tendinopathy: A randomized controlled trial

A. Vries , de, J. Zwerver, R. Diercks, I. Tak, S. van Berkel, R. van Cingel, H. van der Worp, I. van den Akker-Scheek

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Numerous athletes with patellar tendinopathy (PT) use a patellar strap or sports tape during sports. This study's aim was to investigate the short-term effect of these orthoses on patellar tendon pain. Participants performed the single-leg decline squat, vertical jump test, and triple-hop test under four different conditions (patellar strap, sports tape, placebo, and control). Subsequently, participants practiced sports as usual for 2 weeks; during 1 week, they were assigned to one of the four conditions. Pain was measured with the visual analog scale (VAS). In total, 97 athletes with PT [61% male, age 27.0 (SD8.1), VISA-P 58.5 (SD12.7)] were analyzed. On the single-leg decline squat, the VAS pain score reduced significantly in the patellar strap (14 mm, P = 0.04) and the sports tape condition (13 mm, P = 0.04), compared with control, but not placebo. A significant decrease in VAS pain during sports was found in the sports tape (7 mm, P = 0.04) and placebo group (6 mm, P = 0.04). The VAS pain score two hours after sports decreased significantly in the patellar strap, sports tape and placebo group (8-mm, P <0.001, 10 mm, P = 0.001 and 7 mm, P = 0.03, respectively). This study's findings indicate that an orthosis (including placebo tape) during sports can reduce pain in PT patients in the short term.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1217-1224
Number of pages8
JournalScandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct-2016


  • Jumper's knee
  • brace
  • prevention
  • patellar tendon

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