Effects of Kinesio® Tape vs Rigid Tape on Shoulder Muscle Strength in Healthy Tennis Players

  • Parisa Tanoori Sports Medicine Department, University Malaya Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Mohamed M.Nahar. A. Sports Medicine Department, University Malaya Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Ali M.Razif M Orthopaedic Department, Faculty of Medicine, University Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Background: Many athletic trainers and therapists use taping to improve the performance of their athletes however, there is limited research on how and which taping techniques influence the athletes performance. Objective: The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of applying Kinesio tape (KT) and rigid tape on shoulder isokinetic muscle strength of healthy tennis players. Methods: Forty five male tennis players (age: 24 6, weight: 75.38 11.43kg, height: 177.05 7.19cm) were recruited. Shoulder isokinetic muscle strength was measured with an isokinetic dynamometer before and 30 minutes after taping in three groups: with KT, with rigid tape and no tape. Results: The results revealed that the mean peak torque in KT group was significantly higher than rigid tape and control group except external rotation at 60?/s. Power with KT was significantly higher than rigid tape and control tape for all conditions but there was no significant difference between the rigid and control group (P<0.05). Conclusions: The results imply that for increasing the isokinetic muscle strength in athletes and as a result enhancing the athletic performance, facilitatory Kinesio taping is a more effective option rather than rigid taping.


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How to Cite
Tanoori, P., M.Nahar. A., M., & M.Razif M, A. (2016). International Journal of Applied Exercise Physiology, 5(1), 59-68. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.22631/ijaep.v5i1.44
Applied Exercise Physiology