Kinesio Taping and Jump Performance in Elite Female Track and Field Athletes

in Journal of Sport Rehabilitation
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Context:

The application of kinesio tape (KT) to lower-extremity muscles as an ergogenic aid to improve muscle-strength-related parameters such as jumping is controversial.

Objective:

To test the hypothesis that the application of KT enhances the jumping performance of healthy uninjured elite female track and field athletes.

Design:

A double 1-legged jump test was performed before and after the application of blue K-Active tape without traction on the maximally stretched gastrocnemius, hamstrings, rectus femoris, and iliopsoas muscles according to the generally accepted technique.

Participants:

18 German elite female track and field athletes (age 21 ± 2 y, height 172 ± 4 cm, body mass 62 ± 5 kg, active time in their sport 13 ± 4 y).

Results:

Factorial analysis of variance with repeated measures (ANOVA, Bonferroni) revealed no significant differences in jumping performance between the tests (P > .05, d = 0.26).

Conclusions:

These findings suggest that the application of KT has no influence on jumping performance in healthy, uninjured female elite athletes. The authors do not recommend the use of KT for the purpose of improving jump performance.

Schiffer is with the Outpatient Clinic for Sports Traumatology and Public Health Consultation, German Sport University Cologne, Cologne, Germany. Möllinger is with the Inst for Theory and Practice of Training and Movement, Ruprecht-Karl-University Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany. Sperlich is with the Dept of Sport Sciences, University of Wuppertal, Wuppertal, Germany. Memmert is with the Inst of Cognitive and Team/Racket Sport Research, German Sport University Cologne, Köln, Germany. Address author correspondence to Thorsten Schiffer at t.schiffer@dshs-koeln.de.

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