Date Approved

4-26-2013

Date Posted

9-17-2013

Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Health Promotion and Human Performance

Committee Member

Tony Moreno, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Stephen McGregor, Ph. D.

Committee Member

James Sweet, ATC

Abstract

High, overuse injury rates to the wrist have been associated with the common mechanism of repetitive hyperextension in weight bearing among gymnasts of all ages. Many gymnasts use wrist supports as prevention; however, literature regarding their ability to reduce injury is not well described. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effects of Tiger Paw wrist guards and circumferential wrist taping techniques on the kinetics of the wrist during the performance of a back handspring. Vertical Ground Reaction Forces (VGRF) sustained at the hand, time to peak VGRF, and total time of hand contact on the force plate were assessed for each condition per subject. The results indicated no significant difference in the VGRF, time to peak VGRF, and total time of hand contact when comparing the conditions. Further research regarding wrist guard use in gymnastics and additional injury prevention strategies should be evaluated.

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