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Effects of Double-Taped Kinesio Taping on Pain and Functional Performance due to Muscle Fatigue in Young Males: A Randomized Controlled Trial

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Department of Physical Therapy, Gachon University, Inchon 21936, Korea
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Department of Physical Therapy, Dankook University, Cheonan 31116, Korea
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(7), 2364; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17072364
Received: 11 March 2020 / Revised: 27 March 2020 / Accepted: 29 March 2020 / Published: 31 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sport and Exercise for Health and Performance)
Kinesio taping (KT) is widely applied for pain control and rehabilitation in clinical settings. Tape tension is a key factor in the taping method. However, limited evidence exists regarding the reinforced tension effects of KT on functional performance and pain in healthy individuals. This study aimed to investigate the immediate effects of double-taped Kinesio taping (DTKT) on functional performance and pain caused by muscle fatigue after exercise. A total of 44 healthy male students (mean age, 23.3 ± 2.2 years) were randomly assigned to the following three groups: DTKT, normal-tape Kinesio taping (NTKT), and placebo. The single-hopping (SH) distance, vertical jump height (VJH), and power (VJP) were assessed at baseline. The muscle fatigue protocol was then applied to induce muscle soreness. Outcome measures including subjective pain, SH distance, VJH and VJP were evaluated immediately after the muscle fatigue protocol, and KT was then applied; the measures were then again evaluated immediately and 24 h after KT application. No significant interactions between pain and functional performance were observed (p > 0.05), and there were no significant differences in SH, VJH, and VJP among the groups (p > 0.05). Notably, the DTKT had an immediate effect on the alleviation of pain caused by muscle fatigue. The present findings indicate that DTKT is not superior to NTKT or placebo in terms of pain relief and enhancing functional performance after tape application in healthy male students. View Full-Text
Keywords: functional performance; kinesio taping; muscle fatigue; pain; tension functional performance; kinesio taping; muscle fatigue; pain; tension
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Lee, H.; Lim, H. Effects of Double-Taped Kinesio Taping on Pain and Functional Performance due to Muscle Fatigue in Young Males: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 2364. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17072364

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Lee H, Lim H. Effects of Double-Taped Kinesio Taping on Pain and Functional Performance due to Muscle Fatigue in Young Males: A Randomized Controlled Trial. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(7):2364. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17072364

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Lee, Haneul; Lim, Hyoungwon. 2020. "Effects of Double-Taped Kinesio Taping on Pain and Functional Performance due to Muscle Fatigue in Young Males: A Randomized Controlled Trial" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 17, no. 7: 2364. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17072364

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