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J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2014 Jan;18(1):130-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2013.09.011. Epub 2013 Oct 2.

The effect of kinesio tape application on hamstring and gastrocnemius muscles in healthy young adults.

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  • 1Physical Therapy Department, Recanati School for Community Health Professions, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, P.O.B. 653, Beer-Sheva 84105, Israel.
  • 2Physical Therapy Department, Recanati School for Community Health Professions, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, P.O.B. 653, Beer-Sheva 84105, Israel. Electronic address: kalichman@hotmail.com.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Scarce evidence exists about effectiveness and mechanisms of action of Kinesio tape (KT) application.

OBJECTIVES:

To evaluate the effect of KT application over the gastrocnemius or hamstring on range of motion and peak force.

METHODS:

Thirty-six physical therapy students participated (18 per group). KT was applied with 30% tension for 48 h to: Group 1 - the gastrocnemius; Group 2 - the hamstrings. The straight leg raise (SLR), knee extension angle (KEA), weight bearing ankle dorsiflexion, gastrocnemius, quadriceps and hamstrings peak forces were evaluated prior to application, 15 min and 48 h after.

RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS:

A significant increase of peak force in the gastrocnemius group appeared immediately and two days later; no immediate change of peak force in the hamstrings group, however, two days later, peak force significantly increased. SLR and ankle dorsiflexion increased immediately in the gastrocnemius group; KEA improved significantly only after two days. It is possible that certain muscles react differently when KT is applied, and the effect may be subsequently detected.

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KEYWORDS:

Kinesio tape; Muscle strength; Physiotherapy techniques; Range of motion

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