Acute effects of Kinesio taping on muscle strength and fatigue in the forearm of tennis players

Zhang S, Fu W, Pan J, Wang L, Rui X, Liu Y

Literatur Typ: 
RCT
Publicatie jaar: 
2015

 

Objectives:
To explore the immediate effects of Kinesio taping applied over the wrist extensors and flexorson muscle strength and endurance during isometric and isokinetic muscle actions.

Design:
The study had a single-blinded, placebo control, and randomized design.Methods: Fourteen trained male volunteers were required to complete 5 s isometric maximal voluntarycontractions and 50 consecutive maximal concentric wrist extension and flexion repetitions at each oftwo angular speeds (60◦/s and 210◦/s) in three taping conditions: Kinesio taping (KT), placebo taping(PT), and no taping (NT).Results: KT did not improve peak moment, peak power, average power, and total work for wrist extensorsand flexors in the isometric and isokinetic contractions. However, KT showed a 13% decrease in workfatigue of the wrist flexors compare to NT (p = 0.014) at 60◦/s. Furthermore, a 20% decrease was alsoobserved in the rate of decline of moment (k) of the wrist flexors in KT compared to NT (p = 0.007), andthe k in PT was also significantly lower in magnitude compared to NT (p = 0.035). Moreover, there wasalso a trend in terms of magnitudes for kKT< kPT< kNTin the wrist flexors at 210◦/s.

Conclusions:
Kinesio taping may not be able to modulate strength production in healthy athletes imme-diately, but does have a significant positive effect on reducing muscle fatigue during repeated concentricmuscle actions. Additionally, the potential beneficial effects of placebo taping on muscle enduranceshould not be ignored either.

 

Referenties: 

Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport (2015)