Acute Effects of Kinesio Taping on a 6 s Maximal Cycling Sprint Performance

Acute Effects of Kinesio Taping on a 6 s Maximal Cycling Sprint Performance

Athos Trecroci, Damiano Formenti, Alessio Rossi, Fabio Esposito, Giampietro Alberti

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VOL. 25, NO. 1, 48–57
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Backround- The aim of this study was to determine whether the
use of kinesio taping (KT) was helpful in increasing maximal-intensity cycling exercise.

Methods/Materials-All subjects were tested on a cycle ergometer under three conditions: without taping, taping along anterior thigh

muscles and sham taping across the same muscle groups.Sixteen physically active males participated voluntarily in the study (age:
23.7 ± 1.9 years; body mass: 71.7 ± 9.7 kg; height: 1.80 ± 0.11 m). They had no history of musculoskeletal injury in the lower limbs within the year before the study. We considered the participants as physically active if they exercised a minimum of 3 days
per week, with about 2 h sessions.

Results-In the condition without tape (nKT), power and work values (expressed as a ratio standard with body mass) were the lowest compared to the conditions with the tape
applied (KT and ST). Analysis from one-way ANOVA RM showed a significant difference in the PP . while no significant
difference was found in the MP between conditions. In
particular, multiple comparison analysis revealed a significant difference between nKT No differences were found between KT
and ST and between nKT and ST.

Conclusion-Consequently, any potential delayed effects of
the tape were not taken into account, even under a fatiguing protocol such as a repeated sprint test. Lastly, double-blind protocols with different sham-taping approaches are needed to achieve appropriate and objective scientific procedures.

Keywords- Medialis, Exercise, Sports Medicine

Published Kinesio Research

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