The aim of this study was to determine the effects of kinesiology taping on delayed onset muscle soreness.
Twenty non-athletic volunteers were assigned randomly in two groups, kinesiology taping (N=10) and placebo kinesiology taping (N=10). Participants performed 100 consecutive drop-jumps from a platform 0.60 m in height to induce muscle damage. Kinesiology tape was applied with fan technique on quadriceps femoris muscle in kinesiology taping group while the tape was applied without any technique and no tension in placebo kinesiology taping group. Muscle tenderness was measured using digital algometry at musculotendinous junction and mid-belly of quadriceps femoris muscle. Performance was determined using one leg hop test. Blood samples were obtained for the analysis of serum creatine kinase and myoglobin levels. All measurements recorded before, immediately after, 48 hours, and 72 hours after exercise.
Changes in mid-belly of quadriceps femoris muscle tenderness was determined higher in the placebo kinesiology taping group than kinesiology taping group between 48 h after-immediately after exercise (p<0.05). No significant differences were identified between the groups for one leg hop performance, serum creatine kinase, and myoglobin levels (p>0.05).
Although kinesiology taping reduces mid-belly of quadriceps femoris muscle tenderness after exercise that induced delayed onset muscle soreness, it has no effects on activity, performance, serum creatine kinase and myoglobin level.
Citation: JOURNAL OF EXERCISE THERAPY AND REHABILITATION