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

Igor Magalhães, Martim Bottaro, Rinaldo André Mezzarane, Frederico Ribeiro Neto, Bruno A. Rodrigues, João B. Ferreira-Júnior, Rodrigo Luiz Carregaro*

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Abstract

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. Method: 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 h. Peak torque (PT), RFD and NME were measured at BL and 48 h 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 0-100 ms (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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-129
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
Volume28
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2016

Keywords

  • Knee
  • Muscle strength
  • Physical therapy

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