An Innovative Learning Activity for Anatomy and Kinesiology Collaborative Education Using Kinesiology Tape


Anatomy and kinesiology are foundational sciences in physical therapy education, critical to clinical practice. Current trends suggest cadaver dissection will decline as a primary method of anatomy education by 20201. Research indicates that decreased cadaver dissection time, when replaced with multimodal instruction, does not result in reduced course performance2. Innovative, clinically relevant instruction tools that can be used in and outside of the classroom are critical to future anatomy and kinesiology instruction3.

This course will demonstrate how, with proper application and guidance, kinesiology tape (KT) can be used as a clinically relevant teaching tool to enhance learning of anatomy and kinesiology concepts. The presentation will include a background of materials, overview of a learning activity using KT for anatomy and kinesiology education, student outcomes and perceptions, and description of department administration's role in facilitating faculty in development of innovative active learning strategies.


The presentation will begin with evidence citing the need for innovative, multimodal anatomy instruction, integrative curriculum, and clinical relevance in student learning. This will be followed by a brief introduction to KT, including properties, precautions, contraindications, and the method of tape application utilized during classroom instruction. In addition, description and demonstration of the innovative activity using KT will follow, highlighting objectives of anatomy and kinesiology education addressed. Course instructors will discuss the integrative model and collaboration necessary for success. Assessment data will be provided via quantitative and qualitative data – utilizing descriptive statistics and student perceptions of the activity. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of challenges encountered and the administrative support necessary to facilitate success.


Participants will be able to 1.) cite evidence supporting the need for innovative, non-cadaver based anatomy instruction and integrative curriculum, 2.) describe properties of KT including contraindications and precautions, 3.) explain application methods specific to anatomy and kinesiology instruction, 4.) design a lab activity with KT to reinforce and enhance anatomy and kinesiology understanding 5.) identify assessment strategies, and 6.) identify challenges associated with implementation and administrative support necessary for success.

Conclusions/Relevance to the conference theme: Shaping the Future of Physical Therapy Education

Research supports the need for innovative educational tools to provide physical therapy students with clinically relevant, non-cadaver based education of anatomy and kinesiology. Student outcomes showed learning is enhanced when active, collaborative education is employed. This presentation demonstrates an innovative tool and activity for anatomy and kinesiology curriculum, designed to meet current and future educational trends, and provide information necessary for successful classroom implementation and assessment


1. Gabard, D.L. Lowe, D.L. Chang, J.W. (2012). Current and Future Instructional Methods and Influencing Factors in Anatomy Instruction in Physical Therapy and Medical Schools in the U.S. Journal of Allied Health, 41 (2), 53-62

2. Ogard, W.K. (2014). Outcomes Related to a Multimodal Human Anatomy Course With Decreased Cadaver Dissection in a Doctor of Physical Therapy Curriculum. Journal of Physical Therapy Education, 28 (3), 21-26.

3. Zhu, C. Wang, D. Yonghong, C. Engels, N. (2013). What Core Competencies are Related to Teachers’ Innovative Teaching? Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education. 41 (1), 9-27.

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  • Control #: 2290844
  • Type: Posters
  • Event/Year: ELC2015
  • Authors: Dr. Steven Snyder, Grant Hirayama, Dee Schilling
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