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Effects of Kinesiotape on Quadriceps and Hamstring Muscle Strength

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : November 25, 2013
Last Update Posted : November 25, 2013
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Amar Arhab, University Hospital, Geneva

Brief Summary:

Background: Kinesiotaping (KT) is an elastic therapeutic tape developed in the 70's by Dr Kenso Kase for prevention and treatment of sports injuries. Research shows that through activation of skin receptors KT improves blood and lymph flow, increases proprioception, helps relieve pain, facilitates joint and muscle alignment, and enhances muscle function. Despite the increasing popularity of KT, uncertainty remains regarding, in particular, its effectiveness in improving strength.

Purpose: The purpose of the current study was to investigate the short-term effects of KT on muscle strength when applied to the quadriceps muscles of healthy subjects.

Methods: A randomized controlled trial with 52 healthy subjects was conducted. Subjects were tested under four different conditions: a) facilitating Kinesiotape, b) inhibiting Kinesiotape, c) classical tape with no elastic properties, and d) no-taping across four different sessions. The parameters of interest were: quadriceps and hamstrings maximal strength and power using vertical jump tests (squat jump and countermovement jump), and peak concentric and eccentric knee torque (using isokinetic test protocol).

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Healthy Other: Kinesiotape Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 52 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Double (Participant, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
Official Title: Effects of Kinesiotape on Quadriceps and Hamstring Muscle Strength
Study Start Date : September 2012
Actual Primary Completion Date : April 2013
Actual Study Completion Date : June 2013

Arm Intervention/treatment
Sham Comparator: Kinesiotape Other: Kinesiotape

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Vertical jump height change with different tapes [ Time Frame: Week 1, week 2, week 3, and week 4 ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Isokinetic knee strength change with different tapes [ Time Frame: Week 1, week 2, week 3, and week 4 ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 55 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • at least 18 years of age
  • allowed to perform jumps

Exclusion Criteria:

  • pregnancy
  • history of cardio-vascular disease
  • antecedents of lower extremity injuries
  • use of any doping substances listed by the World Anti-doping Agency
  • any contraindication to exercise

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01994421

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Unite d'orthopédie et traumatologie du sport
Geneva, Switzerland, 1232
Sponsors and Collaborators
University Hospital, Geneva
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Responsible Party: Amar Arhab, Mr, University Hospital, Geneva Identifier: NCT01994421    
Other Study ID Numbers: UGeneva
First Posted: November 25, 2013    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: November 25, 2013
Last Verified: November 2013
Keywords provided by Amar Arhab, University Hospital, Geneva:
Facilitating kinesiotape
Inhibiting kinesiotape
Classical tape
No tape