Does kinesiotaping increase knee muscles strength and functional performance?
Knee injuries which are the most common disabling injuries in both athletic and physically active people, can be expected to occur with all sporting activities especially contact sports. Therefore, knee braces and taping techniques are widely used to reduce and/or prevent the severity and incidence of knee injuries in sports.
To determine which application, knee brace, kinesiotaping (KT) or both, is more effective regarding muscular strength and functional performance.
A prospective, criterion-based controlled study.
University research laboratory.
Patients or other participants
Twenty (11 F, 9M) healthy subjects with no previous history of lower extremity injuries and using knee brace and KT were included in this study.
Main outcome measures
Muscular strength, and jump performance were tested with knee brace, kinesiotaping and both applications. Repeated measures ANOVA was performed to determine if there were differences between braced, taped and both conditions. Participants filled in a questionnaire regarding demographic and lower extremity problems.
Kinesiotape application brought about a significant increase in hop distance (p=0.015, P=0.018) in both the dominant and non-dominant extremity and in isokinetic knee extension peak torque (p=0.034) at 180°/s.
KT application was more effective in terms of muscular strength and jump performance than knee brace and KT plus knee brace. Physical therapists and athletic trainers may apply KT to a patient during or after treatment and rehabilitation to support knee musculature, to encourage the tissue healing process, and to avoid limiting the enhancement of improved knee muscle performance.
Isokinetics and excercises Science