Immediate effects of kinesiotaping on quadriceps muscle strength: a single-blind, placebo-controlled crossover trial.
Despite widespread use of Kinesiotape (KT), neither its effectiveness nor its mechanism of action has been clearly demonstrated. This study examined two different taping methods on lower limb strength and function, and as a secondary analysis, the subject’s perception of strength.
36 participants aged 18-47 were taped along the Quadriceps of the dominant leg, by a physiotherapist certified in KT taping using a facilitatory, inhibitory or sham technique. Isokinetic peak torque knee extension was tested at 60°/sec and 180°/sec.
Single leg triple hop test was performed in a separate testing session. Global Rating of Change score examined perceived strength change following application of kinesiotape. Results indicated that neither facilitatory nor inhibitory taping method made a significant difference in isokinetic strength test or single leg triple hop distance. However, subjective strength improvement using GRC score was significant, regardless of which type of taping method was used.
In conclusion, while Kinesiotape does not alter lower limb strength or functional hop, there is evidence for perceived improvement of function. Sensory and psychological mechanisms for efficacy of Kinesiotape merit exploration. > From: Vercelli et al., Clin J Sport Med 22 (2012) 319–326. All rights reserved to Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
In the YouTube clips below you'll see two videos of the triple hop test, and two videos of quadriceps kinesiotaping. Please read the article summary above to learn the clinical value of kinesiotaping for quadriceps strength in healthy adults.