The purpose of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of Kinesio-Taping (KT) in golf-induced chronic low-back pain management. The golfing population continues to grow each year, and the risks of golf-induced chronic low back pain (CLBP) remain high. The Kinesio-taping technique is a non-invasive treatment intervention utilized in sports injury rehabilitation and prevention. Due to the lack of research on KT in golf-related injuries, this study addresses the injury mechanism of golf-induced CLBP and the proposed physiological mechanism and therapeutic effects on the musculoskeletal system of KT. This study is a comprehensive review of the golf swing, prevalence and risk factors of golf induced CLBP, treatment modalities for non-specific low back pain, and the use of KT in sports medicine and healthcare settings.
The target population of this study includes active adults and older adults who are at risk or currently experiencing CLBP and those who may golf professionally or recreationally. The literature search (February- October 2022) was performed using multiple databases, including UCF Libraries, PubMed, GoogleScholar, SagePub, ScienceDirect, and Ebscohost. Keywords employed by this research include "low back*" "golf*" or "golf swing*" "Kinesio-tape*" or "Kinesio-taping*" and "pain*" or "injury*". Search results were carefully screened, and relevant literature was selected for this study. A total of 78 scientific studies were included in this review. This literature review found insufficient empirical evidence to support the application of KT in golf-induced low back pain management. Although the subjects' contextual effects should not be overlooked, the reasoning behind how KT physiologically affects target injury sites remains unclear. Further research is suggested to examine the effectiveness of KT in treating golf induced CLBP.
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Health Professions and Sciences
Kinesiology and Physical Therapy
Kinesiology; Exercise & Sport Physiology Track
Zhang, Yushan, "Analyzing the Effectiveness of Kinesio-taping in Golf-induced Chronic Low Back Pain Management" (2023). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 1438.