Overview

This trial is active, not recruiting.

Conditions healthy subjects, changes based on duration of tape application, direction of kinesio tape application
Treatment kinesio tape
Sponsor State University of New York - Upstate Medical University
Start date February 2015
End date October 2016
Trial size 15 participants
Trial identifier NCT02318264, SUMU-PT-KTAP1

Summary

This cross over design study will be used to determine the influence of elastic kinesiology tape on the speed and amplitude of quadriceps activation (anterior thigh) during selected resisted and weight bearing exercises.

United States No locations recruiting
Other Countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Intervention model crossover assignment
Masking double blind (subject, outcomes assessor)
Primary purpose treatment
Arm
(Experimental)
Quadriceps muscle taped (Using Kinesio Tape) starting distal by knee and ending proximal by hip.
kinesio tape
Elastic tape placed over the skin
(Experimental)
Quadriceps muscle taped (Using Kinesio Tape) starting proximal by hip and ending distal by knee.
kinesio tape
Elastic tape placed over the skin

Primary Outcomes

Measure
Change in isokinetic quad contraction using Biodex
time frame: Immediate, 48 hours
Change in EMG of the quads during isokinetic testing
time frame: Immediate, 48 hours

Secondary Outcomes

Measure
Change in vertical jump
time frame: Immediate, 48 hours
Change in unilateral three hop for distance
time frame: Immediate, 48 hours

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants from 18 years up to 35 years old.

The Physical Activity and Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q)(British Columbia Ministry of Health) will be used as a general screen of exercise safety. Additionally, researchers will ask participants to identify possible cardiovascular and/or orthopedic risks to resistance exercise, dominant leg injuries/surgeries, and regarding history or familiarity of elastic tape. Subjects who are at risk due to recent (within the last year) musculoskeletal injury to lower extremities will be excluded from the study. Additionally, we will exclude subjects who report significant respiratory-cardiovascular disease, subjects with a history of surgery on their dominant leg, or individuals who have been trained in elastic tape theory and application. Any participant with a known allergy to adhesives will also be excluded from the study. Blood pressure and heart rate will be measured at the start of each session. Per ACSM's guidelines for exercise testing, if a participant's resting systolic blood pressure is greater than >200 mm Hg or diastolic BP is >110 mm Hg then he/she will be excluded from exercise testing and the study

Additional Information

Official title Influence of Elastic Tape on Activation of the Quadriceps Muscle During Selected Resisted and Weight Bearing Exercises
Description Objective: This cross over design study will be used to determine the influence of elastic kinesiology tape on the speed and amplitude of quadriceps activation (anterior thigh) during selected resisted and weight bearing exercises. Background: Compliant tape, such as KiniseoⓇ Tape (KT), is highly elastic and claimed by the manufacturer to mimic skin. It is commonly used by physical therapists and sports medicine practitioners to treat musculoskeletal conditions and to enhance physical performance. The creators of KT teach a variety of applications techniques to affect the underlying musculature. Current theory regarding elastic tape application suggests that if the tape is applied over a muscle from the proximal to distal attachments, it will facilitate the underlying muscle while applying the tape from distal to proximal will inhibit the musculature.1 While studies have investigated the effect of elastic tape on muscle activation, few studies to date have compared the direction of application on muscle activation.2-7 Methods and Measures: Healthy subjects between 18-35 years old will be recruited from the Upstate Medical University community via email and word of mouth. Potential participants will report to the Institute for Human Performance and will be asked to complete all documentation including informed consent and a health-screening questionnaire. If eligible, qualified participants will perform 2 functional jumping exercises (vertical jump and single-leg triple hop for distance) 8 and isokinetic knee flexion and extension at 60 degrees/sec and 120 degrees/sec using the Biodex System 3 Pro Dynamometer (Biodex Medical Systems, Shirley, NY). The Biodex isokinetic machine has been shown to be a reliable and valid source of measuring peak torque, position and velocity.9 Surface electromyography (EMG) recordings will be collected from the vastus medialis and vastus lateralis during isokinetic testing. Testing will occur over four sessions. In the first session, baseline measurements and measurements immediately after KT application will be collected. In the second session, the participant will be retested after wearing the KT for up to two days (48 hours). This process will be repeated one week later during sessions three and four with KT applied in the opposite direction of the initial testing condition. KT application direction and the order of activities will be randomized for each participant.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in April 2016.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by State University of New York - Upstate Medical University.