Based on the hypothesis that tactile stimulation affects muscle activation levels, we theorized that taping vastus medialis and vastus lateralis muscles would improve a 6 s sprint cycling performance. Thus, the aim of this study was to determine whether the use of kinesio taping (KT) was helpful in increasing maximal-intensity cycling exercise. Sixteen active healthy subjects were enrolled in a randomized placebo, repeated measures design. 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. Results showed a significant increase in peak power output and total work after the application compared to the condition with no tape applied (p < 0.05). No significant difference was found between the two modes of application. Our findings indicated that the tactile stimulation of KT applied longitudinally provided positive effects during a sprint cycling performance in healthy and active subjects.

Acute effects of kinesio taping on a 6 s maximal cycling sprint performance / A. Trecroci, D. Formenti, A. Rossi, F. Esposito, G. Alberti. - In: RESEARCH IN SPORTS MEDICINE. - ISSN 1543-8627. - 25:2(2017), pp. 48-57. [10.1080/15438627.2016.1258644]

Acute effects of kinesio taping on a 6 s maximal cycling sprint performance

A. Trecroci;D. Formenti;A. Rossi;F. Esposito;G. Alberti
2017

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Based on the hypothesis that tactile stimulation affects muscle activation levels, we theorized that taping vastus medialis and vastus lateralis muscles would improve a 6 s sprint cycling performance. Thus, the aim of this study was to determine whether the use of kinesio taping (KT) was helpful in increasing maximal-intensity cycling exercise. Sixteen active healthy subjects were enrolled in a randomized placebo, repeated measures design. 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. Results showed a significant increase in peak power output and total work after the application compared to the condition with no tape applied (p < 0.05). No significant difference was found between the two modes of application. Our findings indicated that the tactile stimulation of KT applied longitudinally provided positive effects during a sprint cycling performance in healthy and active subjects.
exercise performance; muscle activity; muscle power; strength; wingate test; orthopedics and sports medicine; physical therapy, sports therapy and rehabilitation
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18-nov-2016
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