ACUTE EFFECTS OF FOREARM KINESIO TAPING ON MUSCLE STRENGTH AND FATIGUE IN HEALTHY TENNIS PLAYERS

Weijie Fu, Shen Zhang, Yu Liu

Abstract


The aim of this study was to explore the acute effects of Kinesio taping (KT) applied over the wrist extensors and flexors on muscle strength and endurance. Fourteen participants completed 50 consecutive maximal concentric wrist extension and flexion repetitions at 60 °/s and 210 °/s in KT, placebo taping, and no taping conditions. There was no significant KT effect on the strength output (peak moment and peak / average power). KT reduced work fatigue and induced an increased regression of torque compared to no taping at 60 °/s. These findings provide preliminary evidences suggesting that KT may not be able to modulate strength production in healthy athletes immediately, but would have a significant positive effect on muscle fatigue resistance during repeated concentric muscle actions.

Keywords


Kinesio taping; muscle strength; work fatigue; regression of torque

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ISSN 1999-4168