The effect of kinesio taping on calf’s injuries prevention in triathletes during competition

Merino R., Fernandez E., Iglesias P., Majorga D.

Literature type: 
case series
Publication year: 
2012

 

Aim
The aim of the study was to evaluate the subjective perception of the local pain after the competition in triathletes.

Method
Six volunteer triathletes participated in this study. They were apparently healthy triathletes of triathlon Anoreta Team. During year 2010, in regional and national races KT was applied on the calves of 6 triathletes between 1 to 2 hours before the competition. Between 5 to 10 minutes after the race triathletes were evaluated about perceived pain and soreness on gastrocnemius and soleos muscle by Borg's scale CR10, and interviewed about contractures or cramps in any other muscle.

Results
During the different competitions in which it was proved, none of the sportsmen suffered contractures or cramps in the musculature of the triceps surae, and according to the scale CR10 (Borg, 1998) the perceived pain reported by the triathletes was zero (nothing at all) or not more than 2.

Conclusions
Based on these experimental test and properties of the KT, it is possible to recommend its use for triathletes and duathletes for injuries prevention and to avoid contractures or cramps during the competition. The current research is lacking regarding the use of KT as a viable option for injuries prevention and for decrease perceived pain and exertion during the competition.

 

References: 

Journal of human Sport and exercise Vol. 6(2) 305-8 2011