Metatarsal strapping tightness effect to vertical jump performance

Yan Zhang, Julien S. Baker, Xuejun Ren, Neng Feng, Yaodong Gu

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The study investigated the effect of metatarsal strapping on vertical jump performance and evaluated the difference in lower limb kinematics and electromyographic signal (EMG) between different strapping force levels. Twelve male callisthenic athletes completed single vertical jump from a squat posture with hands on hips under three conditions as non-strapping (NS), moderate strapping (MS) and high strapping (HS) round metatarsals. Ground reaction force (GRF) was recorded with KISTLER force platform to calculate the vertical jump height. Angles of ankle, knee and hip were measured with VICON motion analysis system and EMG data were recorded with mega6000 system. Data showed that jump height was significantly higher under HS than NS condition. Compared with NS, ankle inversion decreased significantly during take-off and external rotation increased significantly during landing with MS. Significant difference was also found in the muscle activity of tibialis anterior between non-strapping and strapping conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-264
Number of pages10
JournalHuman Movement Science
Early online date9 Apr 2015
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015


  • Metatarsal strapping
  • Lower limb kinematics
  • EMG
  • Vertical jump performance


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