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BioMed Research International
Volume 2015, Article ID 626257, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/626257
Research Article

Kinesio Taping Does Not Alter Quadriceps Isokinetic Strength and Power in Healthy Nonathletic Men: A Prospective Crossover Study

1Department of Physiotherapy, University School of Physical Education, 61871 Poznan, Poland
2College of Health, Beauty and Education in Poznan, 60133 Poznan, Poland
3College of Education and Therapy, 61473 Poznan, Poland
4Department of Motor Rehabilitation, University School of Physical Education, 61871 Poznan, Poland

Received 30 September 2015; Revised 3 December 2015; Accepted 8 December 2015

Academic Editor: Emmanuel G. Ciolac

Copyright © 2015 Paweł Korman et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Objectives. The effects of Kinesio Taping (KT) on muscular performance remain largely unclear. This study aimed to investigate the acute effects of KT on the maximum concentric and eccentric quadriceps isokinetic strength. Study Design. This is a single-blinded, placebo crossover, repeated measures study. Methods. Maximum isokinetic concentric/eccentric extension torque, work, and power were assessed by an isokinetic dynamometer without taping (NT) and with KT or placebo taping (PT) in 17 healthy young men. Repeated measures one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) was used for statistical analyses. Results. Testing concentric contractions at 60°/s or 180°/s isokinetic speed, no significant differences in peak torque (Nm), total work (J), or mean power (W) were noted among the application modes under different conditions. Testing eccentric contractions at 30°/s or 60°/s isokinetic speed, no significant differences in mentioned parameters were noted, respectively. KT on the quadriceps neither decreased nor increased muscle strength in the participants. Conclusion. KT application onto the skin overlying the quadriceps muscle does not enhance the strength or power of knee extensors in healthy men.