Acute effects of Kinesio taping on muscle strength and fatigue in the forearm of tennis players

J Sci Med Sport. 2016 Jun;19(6):459-64. doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2015.07.012. Epub 2015 Jul 17.


Objectives: To explore the immediate effects of Kinesio taping applied over the wrist extensors and flexors on muscle strength and endurance during isometric and isokinetic muscle actions.

Design: The study had a single-blinded, placebo control, and randomized design.

Methods: Fourteen trained male volunteers were required to complete 5s isometric maximal voluntary contractions and 50 consecutive maximal concentric wrist extension and flexion repetitions at each of two angular speeds (60°/s and 210°/s) in three taping conditions: Kinesio taping (KT), placebo taping (PT), and no taping (NT).

Results: KT did not improve peak moment, peak power, average power, and total work for wrist extensors and flexors in the isometric and isokinetic contractions. However, KT showed a 13% decrease in work fatigue of the wrist flexors compare to NT (p=0.014) at 60°/s. Furthermore, a 20% decrease was also observed in the rate of decline of moment (k) of the wrist flexors in KT compared to NT (p=0.007), and the k in PT was also significantly lower in magnitude compared to NT (p=0.035). Moreover, there was also a trend in terms of magnitudes for kKT<kPT<kNT in the wrist flexors at 210°/s.

Conclusions: Kinesio taping may not be able to modulate strength production in healthy athletes immediately, but does have a significant positive effect on reducing muscle fatigue during repeated concentric muscle actions. Additionally, the potential beneficial effects of placebo taping on muscle endurance should not be ignored either.

Keywords: Kinesio taping; Muscle strength; Rate of decline in moment; Work fatigue.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Athletic Tape*
  • Forearm / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Isometric Contraction / physiology*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Muscle Fatigue / physiology*
  • Muscle Strength / physiology*
  • Musculoskeletal Manipulations / methods*
  • Single-Blind Method
  • Tennis*
  • Young Adult