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Date of Award


Degree Type

Capstone Project (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Physical Therapy

First Advisor

Sherly L. Sanders PhD

Second Advisor

John Medeiros, PhD, PT


Taping of the scapula is used by physical therapists in the treatment of subacromial impingement; however, little research has been performed to help determine the effectiveness of the taping procedure. The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of scapular taping on active range of motion performed in abduction and scaption, muscle performance, and pain on an individual with subacromial impingement using a single subject research design. An ABA design was used with the baseline phase (A) involving strengthening exercises and the intervention phase (B) involving both exercise and the application of scapular tape. Graphical analyses of the results indicated a significant improvement in pain, muscle performance and active range of motion performed in scaption during the intervention phase. Although significance was determined, it cannot be surmised if the change occurred due to the taping procedure, the implementation of strengthening exercises or a combination of both. A clinical significance in active range of motion abduction did not occurred.


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