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

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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).

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

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.

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.



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