Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
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Research article
Effect of 3 Different Applications of Kinesio Taping Denko® on Electromyographic Activity: Inhibition or Facilitation of the Quadriceps of Males During Squat Exercise
Júlio C. Serrão1, Bruno Mezêncio1, João G. Claudino1, Rafael Soncin1, Pedro L. Sampaio Miyashiro1, Eric P. Sousa1, Eduardo Borges1, , Vinícius Zanetti2, Igor Phillip2, Luiz Mochizuki1, Alberto C. Amadio1
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1 Laboratory of Biomechanics of School of Physical Education and Sport of University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil
2 Department of Health and Performance – Red Bull Brazil FC – São Paulo, Brazil

Eduardo Borges
✉ Laboratory of Biomechanics of School of Physical Education and Sport of University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil
Email: eduardo.borges2010@uol.com.br
Publish Date
Received: 16-12-2015
Accepted: 16-05-2016
Published (online): 05-08-2016
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ABSTRACT

Kinesio taping consists of a technique which uses the application of an elastic adhesive tape. It has become a widely used rehabilitation modality for the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. The objective of this study was to verify the effect of the application of Kinesio Taping Denko® in three conditions (facilitation, inhibition, and placebo) on the electromyographic activity of the quadriceps and hamstrings muscles on facilitating or inhibiting the muscle function and on the perceived exertion during the barbell back squat exercise in healthy male subjects. Methods: It was a randomized, single-blinded and controlled study in which 18 males (28.0 ± 6.7 years old; 85.8 ± 8.2 kg mass; 1.80 ± 0.07 m tall; 0.97 ± 0.04 m lower limb length) performed barbell back squat exercise with different conditions of Kinesio Taping Denko® applications: Facilitation, inhibition and placebo. Previous to the mentioned conditions, all individuals were assessed without applying kinesio Taping Denko® during the exercise. OMNI scale was used after each set for perceived exertion evaluation. No differences (p < 0.05) in the electromyographic activity of the biceps femoris, vastus lateralis and vastus medialis or OMNI scale were recorded under any conditions. The results show that the kinesio taping denko®may not alter the magnitude of the electromyography activity of vastus lateralis, vastus medialis, and biceps femoris during the squat exercise. Furthermore, the perceived exertion was not affected by the kinesio taping denko® application.

Key words: Kinesio taping, resistance training, biomechanics, squat exercise, electromyography


           Key Points
  • Researchers involved in collecting data in this study have no financial or personal interest in the outcome of results or the sponsor.
  • The perceived exertion was not affected by the kinesiology taping application.
  • Kinesiology taping application may not alter the magnitude of EMG activity of vastuslateralis, vastusmedialis, and biceps femoris during the barbell back squat exercise.
  • Electromyographic activity of kinesiology taping application on other muscle groups and in other cohorts, such as healthy elderly subjects and patients under a rehabilitation program require further investigation.
 
 
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