The Effects of Kinesio Tape on Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness and Muscular Power


Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) lasting between twelve to forty-eight hours is one of the most common symptoms experienced after intense exercise. Clarifying the effects of kinesio tape on DOMS and muscular power may help aid clinicians, doctors, and performance athletes. PURPOSE: To investigate the effects of kinesio tape on reducing or alleviating DOMS of the lower extremity due to intense exercise, as well as explore the efficacy on muscular power by utilizing a vertical jump test. METHODS: Thirty subjects (age=20.9±2.1 yrs, height=166.6±9.1 cm, weight=77.4±22.5 kg) had their vertical jump assessed and were placed into three groups: group I (right leg taped), group II (both legs taped), and group III (neither leg taped). After taping the lateral, middle, and medial quadriceps, subjects then performed a squat test to exhaustion at a cadence of one repetition every two seconds. Subjects were then asked to rate their DOMS twenty-four and forty-eight hours after. At the end of 48 hours, vertical jump was re-assessed. Repeated measures ANOVA was used to compare soreness between groups across time. A one-way ANOVA was also used to identify significant differences in vertical jump between groups, with Alpha set at 05. for all tests. RESULTS: The interaction of soreness & groups across time was not significant (F(6, 52)=1.6, p=.163), nor was there a significant main effect of soreness (F(3, 25)=1.5, p= 221) or group (F(2, 27)=0.36, p=.697).There was also no significant difference in vertical jump between groups (F(2,27)=.045, p=.956). CONCLUSION: Within the confines of this study, kinesio tape has no effect on DOMS or muscular power.

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