Kinesiotaping enhances the rate of force development but not the neuromuscular efficiency of physically active young men

Magalhaes I, Bottaro M, Mezzarane RA, Neto FR, Rodriques BA, Ferreira-Junior JB, Carregaro RL

Literatuur type: 
case series
Publicatie jaar: 
2017

 

Introduction:
Investigations on the effects of KT on human performance have been increasing in the last few years. However, there is a paucity of studies investigating its effects on neuromuscular efficiency (NME) and rate of force development (RFD).

Objective:
To evaluate the NME and RFD of the soleus and gastrocnemius muscles in physically active individuals under KT application.

Methods:
Twenty young males (79.7 ± 8.2 kg; 1.78 ± 0.05 m; 24.7 ± 4.4 years) performed three conditions in a randomized order: 1) Baseline (BL, no tape); 2) Activation (ACTIKT, tape for muscle activation); and 3) Inhibition (INHIKT, tape for muscle inhibition). The tape was applied along the lateral and medial border of gastrocnemius with 30% tension for 48 hr. Peak torque (PT), RFD and NME were measured at BL and 48 hr after ACTIKT and INHIKT by performing a maximum isometric contraction.

Results:
The RFD was significantly higher in ACTIKT compared to BL at 0-30 (p=0.010), 0-50 (p=0.008) and 0-100ms (p=0.007). The PT and NME did not differ among conditions (p>0.05). Conclusion: KT applied for muscle activation yielded a higher RFD during the initial phase of the muscle contraction. However, KT has no enhancement effect on NME and peak torque.

 

Referenties: 

Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology (2016)