An above-knee compression garment does not improve passive knee joint position sense in healthy adults

János Négyesi, Ali Mobark, Li Yin Zhang, Tibor Hortobagyi, Ryoichi Nagatomi

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Abstract

We determined the effects of wearing an above-knee compression garment (CG) on knee joint position sense. Healthy young adults (n = 24, age = 27.46 ± 4.65 years) performed a passive knee position-matching task on an isokinetic dynamometer with each leg separately. We determined the magnitude of compression by measuring anatomical thigh cross sectional area (CSA) in standing using magnetic resonance imaging. Wearing the CG compressed CSA by 2% (t = 2.91, p = 0.010, Cohen’s d = 0.68). Repeated measures ANOVA (rANOVA) with three repetition factors (condition: CG, no CG; leg: right dominant, left non-dominant; and target angles: 30, 45, 60) revealed an effect of angles (p < 0.001), where the matching of knee joint position was more accurate at 60 compared to 30 and 45 (p < 0.001). However, CG did not reduce passive joint position sense errors. In fact, joint position error was less without CG (p = 0.014). In conclusion, while CG does compress the thigh it does not afford the purported benefits for proprioception as measured by a target-matching task in the present study.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0203288
JournalPloS one
Volume13
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Sep

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • General

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