Samaneh Shakeri1, Khosro Khademi Kalantari2* and Alireza Akbarzadeh Baghban3
1School of Rehabilitation, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Iran
2Department of Physiotherapy, School of Rehabilitation, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Iran
3Department of Basic Sciences, School of Rehabilitation, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Iran
Introduction: Increase in muscle strength is one of the effects attributed to Kinesio tape. Several studies that have been conducted in this area provided conflicting results. Perhaps one of the reasons for various results is the difference methods of applying Kinesio tape. Due to the fact that Kinesio tape effect depends on the factors such as the amount of its tension and coverage, we aims to investigate the immediate effect of these factors on muscle strength.
Materials and Methods: Thirty healthy non-athlete female were recruited and their maximum knee extension torque were measured before and after applying 9 different modes of Kinesio taping. Kinesio tape was applied with three levels of tension (0%, 30% and 60%) and also three different levels of contact area on the front of thigh of subdominant leg in random order.
Results: Kinesio taping was able to increase the knee extensor torque significantly (P<0.05). The net effect of the two factors of tension and coverage of Kinesio tape on the increase of muscle strength was not statistically significant, but the interaction of tension and area of coverage does create a significant effect (P<0.05).
Conclusion: Although the KT can increase the quadriceps muscle’s strength, changing the tension or extension of kinesio taping alone, cannot alter its immediate effect on the knee extensor torque. However higher tension and extensive application of kinesio tape could result in the highest increase in force production.
Kinesio tape; Torque; Tension
Shakeri S, Kalantari KK, Baghban AA. The Effect of Tension and the Extent of Coverage of Kinesio Tape on the Knee Extensor Torque in Healthy Young People. World J Phys Rehabil Med. 2019;3(1):1009.