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Pages 283-290 (01 July 2018)
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Vol. 22. Issue 4.
Pages 283-290 (01 July 2018)
Original Research
DOI: 10.1016/j.bjpt.2018.04.001
Kinesio Taping effects with different directions and tensions on strength and range of movement of the knee: a randomized controlled trial
Thiago Vilela Lemosa,b,
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Corresponding author at: Street T-34 with square T-23, N° 122, Quadra 96, Lot 14/16, apartment 901, CEP: 74215-130, Setor Bueno, Goiânia, Goiás, Brazil.
, José Roberto de Souza Júniorc, Maikon Gleibyson Rodrigues dos Santosc, Marlon Maia Noronha Rosaa, Luiz Guilherme Cardoso da Silvaa, João Paulo Chieregato Matheusc
a Universidade Estadual de Goiás, Goiânia, GO, Brazil
b Universidade Salgado de Oliveira, Goiânia, GO, Brazil
c Universidade de Brasília, Brasília, DF, Brazil

  • Kinesio Taping does not improve strength and range of movement.

  • Kinesio Taping effects are not related with tension or direction of application.

  • Clinical trials investigating these effects in symptomatic patients are necessary.

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Table 1. Between-groups comparison, mean (SD) and mean difference and 95% CIs for the outcomes of the study (n=32).
Table 2. Between-members comparison, mean (SD) and mean difference and 95% CIs for the outcomes of the study (n=32).
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To evaluate the Kinesio Taping effects with different directions and tensions on the strength of rectus femoris and range of movement of the knee in healthy individuals, but with a muscle imbalance caused by exposure to a continuous vibration.


This is a randomized controlled trial. The subjects were randomly allocated into two groups: Group application of the Kinesio Taping using origin to insertion and Group application of the Kinesio Taping using insertion to origin. In both groups the dominant limb received the application of Kinesio Taping on rectus femoris (experimental limb) while the non-dominant limb was used as control of the study (control limb). Three assessments were carried out with each subject at different time-points (baseline, post-application, 24h later). These evaluations were performed with 0%, 10% and 75% of tension. The continuous vibration was conducted on the patella tendon for 20min before the first evaluation on each subject. A handheld dynamometer and a digital goniometer were used to evaluate the strength of the rectus femoris and the range of movement of the knee.


The sample consisted of 42 subjects, 79% women and 21% men, mean age 20.5 (SD=4.6), body mass index average of 18.7 (SD=2.34). There were no between-group differences for all outcomes.


This study suggests that the use of Kinesio Taping in healthy individuals did not change muscle strength or increase range of movement. Future clinical trials are recommended for symptomatic patients.

Trial registration: NCT02501915 (

Physical therapy
Muscle strength
Quadriceps muscle


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