The immediate and delayed effects of Kinesio Taping on quadricep muscle strength
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to investigate both the immediate and delayed effects of kinesiology tape during maximal concentric and eccentric isokinetic exercise. Methodology: 16 healthy adults (8 male and 8 female, with a mean age, bodyweight and height of 21.8 years, 73.83 kg and 170.21 cm) were recruited to take part in the study. Three diverse testing conditions were carried out (No tape, 10 minutes and 24 hours after tape application. Participants performed 3 concentric-eccentric maximal repetitions following a three minute warm up and a three rep familiarisation of the test. Results: The results indicated that the application of KT may improve muscular strength following the application of KT. Significant differences were observed during eccentric peak torque (> p = 0.05), conversely pairwise comparisons showed no significant relationship between the three taping conditions. Conclusion: There are several limitations and methodical issues, which need to be addressed in order to develop a better understanding and knowledge with regards to KT application. The current research could be the first step when using KT for the treatment and ** such as strengthening weak muscles particular during activities that require eccentric activation.