Prolonged use of Kinesiotaping does not enhance functional performance and joint proprioception in healthy young males

Malgalhaes I, Bottaro M, Freitas JR, Carmo J, Matheus JPC, Carregaro RL

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The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of continuous (48-hour) use of Kinesiotaping (KT) on functional and proprioceptive performance in healthy, physically active men.

Twenty-six healthy, physically active men (21.8±2.2 years old) were randomly allocated into two groups:
1) Kinesiotaping group (KG, tape applied with 40% tension for rectus femoris activation);
2) Control (CG, tape applied over rectus femoris without additional tension).

Subjects attended the laboratory on five separate occasions:
1) familiarization;
2) baseline measurement without tape (BL);
3) immediately post-tape application (T0);
4) 24h (T24); and
5) 48h (T48) post-tape application.
The outcomes were distance in the single (SHT) and triple hop tests (THT), vertical jump height (VJH), vertical jump power (VJP), and rate of force development (RFD). A mixed-model ANOVA was applied to verify differences between and within groups.

No significant (p >0.05) differences were found in the SHT and THT between groups and moments. Likewise, the main effects for VJH, VJP, and RFD were not significant (p>0.05).

The present study demonstrated no significant immediate or prolonged (48h) effects of KT on functional and proprioceptive performance.



Braz J Ohys Ther. 2016; 20(3): 213-322