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

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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.

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.

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.



Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport (2015)