SportLogia
Vol. 13, Issue 1, June 2017.

 

EFFICIENCY OF KINESIO TAPING IN PREVENTION AND REHABILITATION OF SPORT INJURIES


Bojan Ilić1, Aleksandra Nikolić2 and Dejan Ilić1
1Educational system Ruđer Bošković, Belgrad, Serbia
2Faculty of Sport and Physical Education, University of Belgrad, Serbia



Review scientific paper
doi:10.5550/sgia.171301.en.INI
UDC: 796:615.8
COBISS.BH-ID: in establishing phase


Summary

Kinesio Tape is becoming more widely used in sports physiotherapy and for postural rehabilitation. Many professional athletes use the tape to support injured, fatigued, or overused muscles. The tape’s construction is unique, featuring a highly elastic property that engages both the muscles and fascia. It is claimed that KT supports injured muscles and joints and helps relieve pain by lifting the skin and allowing improved blood and lymph flow. The aim of this review was to evaluate, using meta-analysis, the effectiveness of KT in the treatment and prevention of sports injuries. Electronic databases including SPORTDiscus, Scopus,MEDLINE, ScienceDirect and sports medicine websites were searched using keywords ‘kinesio taping/tape’. The efficacy of KT in pain relief was trivial given there were no clinically important results. There were inconsistent ranges of motion outcome results, with at least small beneficial results seen in two studies, but trivial results in two other studies across numerous joint measurements. There was a likely beneficial effect for proprioception regarding grip force sense error, but no positive outcome for ankle proprioception. KT had some substantial effects on muscle activity, but it was unclear whether these changes were beneficial or harmful. In conclusion, there was little quality evidence to support the use of KT over other types of elastic taping in the management or prevention of sports injuries. KT may have a small beneficial role in improving strength, range of motion in certain injured subjects and force sense error compared with other tapes, but further studies are needed to confirm these findings.


Key words:sport medicine, kinesitherapy, recovery, atrophy

FULL TEXT (.pdf)


References

Alano, C., Neto, F., Amorim, A., Macedo, L., & Brasileiro, J. (2013). Kinesio taping does not alter neuromuscular performance of femoral quadriceps or lower function in healthy subjects: Randomized, blind, controlled, clinical trial. Manual Therapy, 18(1), 41-45.
             https://doi.org/10.1016/j.math.2012.06.009 [CrossRef]
PMid:22796389
Aytar, A., Ozunlu, N., Surenkok, G. Baltaci, G., Oztop, P., & Karatas, M. (2011). Initial effects of kinesio taping in patients with patellofemoral pain syndrome: a randomized, double-blind study. Isokinetics and Exercise Science, 19(2), 135–142.
Briem, K., Eythörsdöttir, H., Magnúsdóttir, R. Pálmarsson, R., Rúnarsdöttir, T., & Sveinsson, H. (2011). Effects of kinesio tape compared with nonelastic sports tape and the untaped ankle during a sudden inversion perturbation in male athletes. Journal Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 41(5), 328–335.
             https://doi.org/10.2519/jospt.2011.3501 [CrossRef]
PMid:21212501
Chang, H., Chou, K., Lin, J., Lin, C., & Wang, C. (2010). Immediate effect of forearm Kinesio taping on maximal grip strength and force sense in healthy collegiate athletes. Physical Therapy in Sport, 11(4), 122-127.
             https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ptsp.2010.06.007 [CrossRef]
PMid:21055705
Firth, B., Dingley, P., Davies, E., Lewis, J., & Alexander, C. (2010). The effect of kinesiotape on function, pain, and motoneuronal excitability in healthy people and people with achilles tendinopathy. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine, 20(6), 416–421.
             https://doi.org/10.1097/JSM.0b013e3181f479b0 [CrossRef]
PMid:21079436
Fu, T., Wong, A., Pei, Y., Wu, K., Chou, S., & Lin, Y. (2008). Effect of Kinesio taping on muscle strength in athletes—A pilot study. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 11(2), 198-201.
             https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsams.2007.02.011 [CrossRef]
PMid:17588814
GonzáLez-Iglesias, J., Fernández-de-las-Peñas, C., Cleland, J., Huijbregts, P., & Gutiérrez-Vega, M. (2009). Short-Term Effects of Cervical Kinesio Taping on Pain and Cervical Range of Motion in Patients With Acute Whiplash Injury: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 39(7), 515-521.
             https://doi.org/10.2519/jospt.2009.3072 [CrossRef]
PMid:19574662
Halseth, T., McChesney, J.W., DeBeliso, M., Vaughn, R., & Lien, J. (2004). The effects of Kinesio taping on proprioception at the ankle. J Sports Sci & Med, 3(1), 1-7.
             PMid:24497814 PMCid:PMC3896108
Hammer, W. (2006): Functional Soft-tissue Examination and Treatment by Manual Methods (3rd ed.). Boston, USA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.
Heit, E., Lephart, S., & Rozzi, S. (1996). The effect of ankle bracing and taping on joint position sense in the stable ankle. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, 5, 206-213.
             https://doi.org/10.1123/jsr.5.3.206 [CrossRef]
Hsu, Y., Chen, W., Lin, H., Wang, W., & Shih, Y. (2009). The effects of taping on scapular kinematics and muscle performance in baseball players with shoulder impingement syndrome. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 19(6), 1092-1099.
             https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jelekin.2008.11.003 [CrossRef]
PMid:19147374
Hwang-Bo, G. & Lee, J. (2011). Effects of kinesio taping in a physical therapist with acute low back pain due to patient handling: A case report. International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health, 24(3), 320-323.
             https://doi.org/10.2478/s13382-011-0029-8 [CrossRef]
PMid:21845524
Jaraczewska, E. & Long, C. (2006). Kinesio taping in stroke: improving functional use of the upper extremity in hemiplegia. Topics in Stroke rehabilitation, 13, 31-42.
             https://doi.org/10.1310/33KA-XYE3-QWJB-WGT6 [CrossRef]
PMid:16987790
Kahanov, L. (2007). Kinesio taping, Part 1: An overview of its use in athletes. Athletic Therapy Today, 12, 17-18.
             https://doi.org/10.1123/att.12.3.17 [CrossRef]
Karlsson, J. & Andreasson, G. (1992). The effect of external ankle support in chronic lateral ankle joint instability. An electromyographic study. Am J Sports Med., 20(3), 257-261.
             https://doi.org/10.1177/036354659202000304 [CrossRef]
PMid:1636854
Kase, K., Hashimoto, T., & Tomoki, O. (1996). Development of kinesio taping perfect manual. Kinesio Taping Association, 6(10), 117-118.
Kase, K., & Wallis, J. (2002). The latest kinesio taping method. Tokyo, JPN: Ski-Journal.
Kase, K., Wallis, J., & Kase, T. (2003). Clinical therapeutic applications of the Kinesio Taping method. Tokyo, JPN: Kinesio Taping Association.
Kaya, E., Zinnuroglu, M., & Tugcu, I. (2010). Kinesio taping compared to physical therapz modalities for the treatment of shoulder impingement syndrome. Clinical Rheumatology, 30(2), 201-207.
             https://doi.org/10.1007/s10067-010-1475-6 [CrossRef]
PMid:20443039
Kinesio Holding Corporation (2008). Kinesio Taping Method Concepts. Retrived from http://kinesiotaping.com/kinesio-concept.php.
Kneeshaw, D. (2002). Shoulder taping in the clinical setting. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 6, 2-8.
             https://doi.org/10.1054/jbmt.2001.0233 [CrossRef]
Lee, J.H., Yoo, W.G., & Lee, K.S. (2010). Effects of head-neck rotation and Kinesio taping of the flexor muscles on dominanthand grip strength. J Phys Ther Sci, 22(3), 285-289.
             https://doi.org/10.1589/jpts.22.285 [CrossRef]
Lee, J. (2015). The Kinesio Taping technique may affect therapeutic results. Journal of Physiotherapy, 61(4), 231-232.
             https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jphys.2015.03.006 [CrossRef]
PMid:26093808
Lim, C., Park, Y., & Bae, Y. (2013). The Effect of the Kinesio Taping and Spiral Taping on Menstrual Pain and Premenstrual Syndrome. Journal of Physical Therapy Science, 25(7), 761-764.
             https://doi.org/10.1589/jpts.25.761 [CrossRef]
PMid:24259847 PMCid:PMC3820414
Lin, J., Hung, C., & Yang, P. (2011). The effects of scapular taping on electromyographic muscle activity and proprioception feedback in healthy shoulders. J Orthop Res, 29(1), 53–57.
            https://doi.org/10.1002/jor.21146 [CrossRef]
           PMid:20607815
Lipinska, A., Sliwinski, Z., Kiebzak, W., Senderek, T., & Kirenko, J. (2007). Influence of Kinesiotaping applications on lymphoedema of and upper limb in women after mastectomy. Polish Journal of Physiotherapy, 7, 258-269.
Liu, Y.H., Chen, S.M., Lin, C.Y., Huang, C.I., & Sun, Y.N. (2007). Motion tracking on elbow tissue from ultrasonic image sequence for patients with lateral epicondylitis. Proceedings of the 29th Annual International Conference of the IEEE EMBS Cité Internationale (pp. 95-98). Lyon, F.
             https://doi.org/10.1109/iembs.2007.4352231 [CrossRef]
Morin, G., Tiberio, D., & Austin, G. (1997). The Effect of Upper Trapezius Taping on Electromyographic Activity in the Upper and Middle Trapezius Region. Human kinetics journal, 6(4), 309-318.
             https://doi.org/10.1123/jsr.6.4.309 [CrossRef]
Mostafavifar, M., Wertz, J., & Borchers, J. (2012). A Systematic Review of the Effectiveness of Kinesio Taping for Musculoskeletal Injury. The Physician and Sportsmedicine, 40(4), 33-40.
             https://doi.org/10.3810/psm.2012.11.1986 [CrossRef]
PMid:23306413
Murray, H., & Husk, L. J. (2001). Effect of Kinesio Taping on proprioception in the ankle. The Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 31-37.
Nosaka, K. (1999). The Effect of Kinesio Taping on Muscular MicroDamage Following Eccentric Exercises. Paper presented at the 15th Annual Kinesio Taping International Symposium Review. (pp. 70-73). Tokyo, JPN. Kinesio Taping Association.       
Riemann, B. L., & Lephart, S. M. (2002). The sensorimotor system, part I: the physiologic basis of functional joint stability. Journal of Athletic Training, 37, 71-79.
             PMid:16558670 PMCid:PMC164311
Robbins, S., Waked, E., Rappel, R. (1995). Ankle taping improves proprioception before and after exercise in young men. Br. J. Sports Med., 29(4), 242-247.
             https://doi.org/10.1136/bjsm.29.4.242 [CrossRef]
PMid:8808537 PMCid:PMC1332234
Simoneau, G. G., Degner, R. M., Kramper, C. A., & Kittleson, K. H. (1997). Changes in ankle joint proprioception resulting from strips of athletic tape applied over the skin. Journal of Athletic Training,32, 141-147.
             PMid:16558444 PMCid:PMC1319817
Slupik, A., Dwornik, M., Bialoszewski, D., & Zych, E. (2007). Preliminary report. Ortop Traumatol Rehabil., 9(6), 644–651.
             PMid:18227756
Thelen, M.D., Dauber, J.A., & Stoneman, P.D. (2008). The clinical efficacy of kinesio tape for shoulder pain: a randomized, doubleblinded, clinical trial. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther.,38(7), 389-395.
             https://doi.org/10.2519/jospt.2008.2791 [CrossRef]
PMid:18591761
Vithoulka, I., Beneka, A., Malliou, P.,  Aggelousis, N., Karatsolis, K., &  Diamantopoulos, K. (2010). The effects of Kinesio-Taping on quadriceps strength during isokinetic exercise in healthy non athlete women. Isokinetics and Exercise Science,18(1), 1-6.
Williams, S., Whatman, C., Hume, P., & Sheerin, K. (2012). Kinesio Taping in Treatment and Prevention of Sports Injuries. Sports Medicine, 42(2), 153-164.
             https://doi.org/10.2165/11594960-000000000-00000 [CrossRef]
PMid:22124445
Winter, J. A., Allen, T. J., & Proske, U. (2005). Muscle spindle signals with the sense of effort to indicate limb position. Journal of Physiology, 568, 1035-1046.
             https://doi.org/10.1113/jphysiol.2005.092619 [CrossRef]
PMid:16109730 PMCid:PMC1464181
Yoshida, A., & Kahanov, L. (2007). The Effect of Kinesio Taping on Lower Trunk Range of Motions. Research in Sports Medicine, 15(2), 103-112.
             https://doi.org/10.1080/15438620701405206 [CrossRef]
PMid:17578750
Zajt-Kwiatkowska, J., Rajkowska-Labon, E., Skrobot, W., Bakula, S., & Szamotulska J (2007). Application of Kinesio taping for treatment of sports injuries. Medical Sports Press, 113, 130-134.

 

Received: 04.05.2017.
Accepted: 21.06.2017.

Correspondence author:
Dejan Ilić, PhD
Faculty of Sport and Physical Education
University of Belgrade
Blagoja Parovića 156
11030 Belgrade
Serbia
Tel:+381(11)3531-000
dejan.ilic@fsfv.bg.ac.rs